Saturday, 2 May 2020

The invite to the Party

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How do you feel when you get invited to an event or perhaps to a friends party? It feels good doesn't? It makes me feel like I am wanted at the function, or that I have been thought of. Sadly, the opposite is also true - if we don't get invited to a celebration then we would naturally feel offended or disappointed in some way.

When Solomon speaks about Wisdom in Proverbs 9 I get the idea of being invited to a special feast. And it is not just me who is invited - you are too! In fact, anyone who may feel that they are on the "B list" is given an opportunity to attend.

You see, Wisdom is not meant to be something that only the rich, or intellectual, or religious people can acquire. God invites all of us to share in His great wisdom and insight. God doesn't invite us to follow his commands and then leave us to fend for ourselves. He offers us instruction, guidance and grace along the way.

Wisdom has built her house;
    she has carved its seven columns.
She has prepared a great banquet,
    mixed the wines, and set the table.
She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come.
    She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.
“Come in with me,” she urges the simple.
    To those who lack good judgment, she says,
“Come, eat my food,
    and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live;
    learn to use good judgment.”

In the New Testament, Jesus also invites people to a banquet. And it is also an open invitation to all who are willing to humble themselves and to say 'Yes please.'

12 Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. 13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” - Luke 14:12-14

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