Scripture: Luke 14.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Luke 14:16-20 (NLT)

16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’

18 But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

In Jesus’ story, many people turned down the invitation to the banquet because the timing was inconvenient. We, too, may resist or delay responding to God’s invitation, and our excuses may sound reasonable—work duties, family responsibilities, financial needs, or other reasons. Nevertheless, God’s invitation is the most important event in your life, no matter how inconveniently it may be timed. Are you making excuses to avoid responding to God’s call? Jesus reminds us that the time will come when God will pull his invitation and offer it to others—then it will be too late to get into the banquet.

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Dear Jesus, thank You for providing a way for us to enter into your kingdom. Thank You for thinking enough of me, a sinner saved only by Your grace, to love me, to accept me and invite me to sit at Your table of mercy. Lord, as I consider the span of my life, who am I that a King, the King of all kings, would sacrifice His only Son so that I might live eternally with Him? Thank You for inviting even me to Your banquet and giving me the joy of Your salvation. But for Your love Lord, I would still be lost in sin with no hope for life in heaven with You. Thank You Jesus for loving me this much!

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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