The Teachings of Jesus - Entitlement (part two)

November 17, 2019

 

Text: Luke 14:15-24

 

The Occasion

     At the dinner party of the Pharisee

     The man with ‘dropsy’ was healed (abnormal swelling- edema)

     Jesus spoke to the guests about exercising humility

     Jesus spoke to the host about inviting the less fortunate
 

                                       Another guest proclaims,

      “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the Kingdom of God.”

 

The Need for Correction

     Jesus was responding to the comment regarding eating in the                            Kingdom of God.

     The guest assumed that they would surely be eating in the Kingdom,
                 and further they likely felt entitled to Kingdom blessings.

 

The Parable

     A man was giving a large dinner party and sent out invitations

     When the day arrived and the food prepared, he sent for his guests

     His guests made poor excuses why they could not come

     The host was angry and sent an invitation to all those in the city

     This was accomplished but there was still room

     The master sent his servants out of the city to compel people to come

                                       The Master declared,

           “None of those who were invited shall taste of my dinner.”

 

The Lesson

                           God desires His Kingdom to be full.

                           He invites those whom He chooses.

               Some who may initially respond positively will later
               make excuses regarding their lack of participation.

                  The invitation was extended to others nearby.

               Finally, the invitation was extended to everyone,
             even those who would not ordinarily be considered
                                     acceptable company.

 

                                          Our Application:

 

                        Have you responded to His invitation?

                      Whom have you invited to the Kingdom?                                                                      Why don’t we invite others?

 

 Footnotes:

     Possible responses to His invitation:

          Outright rejection of the invitation

          Insincere Acceptance:  It sounds wonderful, I’ll try to make it

                   (but when it’s time to show up we make excuses)

          Conditional Acceptance:  I’ll come if I don’t have anything better                                planned

          Grateful Acceptance and Anticipation

    Inviting Others:

          Those who are most like us

          Those around us

          Or everyone we meet

 

The Sin of Our Entitlement

       Wanting a church that is comfortable for us!

       How often do we make excuses for our lack of participation
              because of our sense of entitlement?

       Our discomfort with people who are “not like us”

       Our discomfort with inviting EVERYONE!

                                                                                …or anyone!

 

Footnotes:

       Let’s keep the church and the Kingdom for us.

       I want a church where I know everyone.

       I’m uncomfortable around _______________ kind of people.

 

            We exist for God’s glory
God did not invite us simply to bless us!

               God invited us so that 

     we would be a blessing to others!

 

     God desires His house to be FULL
    So long as there is room in His house

we are commanded to extend an invitation

                        to everyone.

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