Several times in the past few years I’ve been invited to various parties designed to provide an opportunity for someone to sell me a product. The invitation promises good food and usually a giveaway of prizes. Free stuff – that’s how to draw a crowd.
Except I’m just not interested. I can think of about ten thousand things I would rather do with my time. Expensive makeup and house wares are not high on my list of priorities. It is not a tempting invitation and I feel quite comfortable disregarding it. I’ve just got better things to do.
This is the attitude of those invited to the king’s wedding banquet in Matthew 22:5
“But they were not concerned and paid no attention [they ignored and made light of the summons, treating it with contempt] and they went away–one to his farm, another to his business” (Amplified)
Imagine getting a personal invitation to a royal wedding! Nothing is expected from you except that you show up and enjoy the festivities and feasting. Then imagine preferring to spend a day at the office or working out in the open field instead. It really is beyond ridiculous.
Unfortunately this is the attitude of many concerning the state of their soul. The invitation has been given in the message of the gospel. All preparations have been made by the all sufficient sacrifice of Christ. But the sinful heart of man prefers its own labors rather than the provision of God.
Let us not be careless with eternal things. Let us not disregard the One who bids us come. It is not a thing to be made light of. All that this world offers will fade into nothingness the moment after our final breath. And then what will all our earthly labors be worth?