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Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’
I heard once that for every hundred people you invite, you can only count on sixty to turn up.
That always felt a little low to me, but maybe I’m just one of the sixty who can’t turn down a meal.
Then I think about the recent royal wedding.
All around the great castle there were thousands of people lined up to catch a glimpse of the newlywed couple.
I know I wasn’t invited, but in a way I still showed up and watched the wedding from halfway around the globe.
Everyone who was invited went to that party, and there were more than just a few strangers I reckon.
The invitation to the masters table isn’t as flashy or attention grabbing as the royal wedding.
In fact, many people mark it as unimportant or a matter for a later day.
But when the servants return to their master, he does not reschedule the feast.
No, instead he holds the banquet in all its glory for those who need it most.
The man who just bought a field could certainly count on a dinner that night.
The one who had new oxen would have no trouble feeding himself.
The people who reject the feast believe that they can afford to turn down the invitation.
Not so for the poor, blind and lame.
They couldn’t work or had no work.
In reality, people in that state tend to go hungry.
It’s funny that Jesus says that the man compelled in the poor and lame.
I’m sure they didn’t need too much persuasion.
Can you imagine the way your heart would jump, the way your face might light up on a cold hungry night when the master's servant invites you in?
I wonder if it's like that for the poor in spirit...
As we become more poor in spirit, more aware of our need for Christ, I believe we will respond to the invitation of Christ with no reservations.
I want today’s devotional to be an invitation.
An invitation to your family, your sisters and brothers in Christ, and to you.
Will you come to the table?
I know that the table seems to made for other people; people who are cleaner, brighter, better.
But in the end it turns out that the table was meant for you all along.
The master of the table doesn’t care that you “aren’t good enough,” he doesn’t mind that the world has labeled you as unclean and left you on the outside.
In the masters home those things don’t count against you.
The only thing that matters is the state of your heart, your spirit.
Dinner wasn’t prepared for the haughty or proud, it was prepared for the poor in spirit. The master of the house doesn’t just want you there, he needs you there.
Please come in, please come in, sit down, and stay a while.
Join us in worshipping and listening to the words of this song this morning! (Just click play on the video below)