I planned a party in the best way I knew how with the finest food I could afford. It was the one time in my life that I went all out with the finest of cookies and jaw-dropping cakes, weeks of planning and preparation, beautiful decorations and hundreds of balloons. It’s not every day that your daughter gets married, so I wanted to make this special day–her day–everything we had hoped it could be. The invitations were sent. All that was left was the waiting and wondering who would attend and who would decline?
It brings me back to “The Parable of the Great Feast” found in Luke 14:16-24. Jesus talks about a certain man who held a great banquet. It says that he sent invitations out to many people, but all he got back in return was excuses. One bought land, another bought new oxen, and one of them got married.
What we see in the first two excuses is that they were too preoccupied by the things of this world to follow Jesus. In the third example, his priorities were out of order.
We need to be cautious of both of these things when it comes to our walk with the Lord. We need to ask ourselves if we worship the One Who created or simply the things He created. We need to ask ourselves if we’re putting Him first in our lives.
He follows up in verse 26 by saying, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.”
Let’s not get caught up on the word, “hate” in this portion of scripture, but rather take it in context of the entire message Jesus preached. Elsewhere in the Bible, we’re commanded to love our parents, love our brethren, love our spouses, and love our families. And, so it’s clear that what He’s saying here is that He doesn’t want half-hearted worship and double-minded faith.
He wants deep devotion, a steadfast commitment, and unadulterated love. In other words, if we say that we love Him, He will be our first choice.
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Read Luke 14:15-35 where you find The Parable of the Great Banquet and the cost of being a disciple.
If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:33, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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