'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb' Revelation 19: 9
On Monday last week I attended a close friend's wedding. Both my friend and her new husband are art teachers and their wedding reflected these talents in many aspects, from the stunning flowers to the unusual 'sweetie trees' which decorated all the tables. But particularly beautiful were the intricate wedding invitations which they had designed and created themselves (albeit with a little help from a laser printer)! I remember the excitement when I received my invitation last month, knowing that they wanted me to share this day with them. I can't imagine having chosen to go into work on Monday rather than to attend the wedding!
But that's exactly what happened in a parable Jesus told where a King invited lots of people to his son's wedding feast but all of them decided they were too busy to come. One man went to tend to his own farm, another to his business and so on. In the end the King had to send his servants out to the streets to find others who would be willing to take their place. What a great occasion the original invitees missed out on, all because they were so preoccupied with their own affairs.
Many of us have accepted God's invitation to salvation with great joy and are truly looking forward to that final day when we will be with Him forever. But on a day to day basis do we accept His invitation to walk with Him, to listen to His voice and to know His continual presence in our hearts? Or does the busyness of life sometimes crowd in and we find ourselves in the same position as those who felt that their work was just too important to ignore? Let's strive to remember that God's invitation is not just for eternity but for our everyday lives - and respond with gladness to that invitation that cost Him so much.