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Dr. June Normil
All Who Respond Are Rewarded
There will always be those who ignore Christ's call for salvation. They avoid the issue in favor of their own self-centered pursuits. Rewards for service hold no motivation for them. Such people pay little attention to the Lord who loves them and reaches out to them. Jesus addressed such people in a unique way (Luke 14:15-24). During a banquet, He suggested that His host invite the outcast of society to meals in his home. In response, one of the guest exclaimed that those who will eat at the great feast in God's kingdom are truly blessed (verse 15). Jesus then told a parable about a man who sent out an extensive invitation to a meal he had prepared (verse 16). This parable illustrates God's desire for all to come to His kingdom by responding to His offer of salvation through Christ. When the time of the banquet approached, the host sent out a call to the invited, urging them to come to the meal (verse 17). But every person invited gave an excuse for not attending (verses 18-20). The servant reported this to his master, who became so upset that he gave a new order. This invitation offered individuals who were considered as the outcast of that day (verse 21). And so, these came to the banquet. In the eyes of those originally invited to this banquet--particularly the Jewish leaders--these were not people expected to appear in such a setting. These new invitees had a different response to Jesus than that of the Pharisees. They sought the Lord out of a heartfelt desire to make Him their Lord and Savior. Instead of excuses, they accepted His offer--an offer that is made to all. We, too, can be tempted to offer excuses. We might grow spiritually cold over time, and become focused o selfish goals and priorities. But there is no valid excuse for not accepting Christ. He is looking for those who have sincere hearts filled with love for Him. A heartfelt response such as this will surely bring eternal life in His kingdom.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 96 Number 1 Sep. Oct. Nov 2014 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil
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