Disruptive Invitations

12/2/2011

Jesus responded by telling more stories. “God’s kingdom is like a king who threw a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out servants to call in all the invited guests. And they wouldn’t come! …. The servants went out into the streets and rounded up everyone they laid eyes on, good and bad, regardless. And so the banquet was on — every place filled.” … Many get invited; only a few make it.” Matt. 22:1-14

Jesus has a way of getting our attention in “our ordered .. planned .. controlled .. and manageable worlds”. He’s not trying to embarrass you .. expose you .. or expel you for not living perfect lives. He just knows that the world we live in is continually trying to redefine a God-focused life with minimum requirements. So Jesus tells a story about an extravagant wedding celebration that is treated as an interruption rather than a wildly anticipated invitation. The guest list is changed from the highest to the lowest. The socially divided .. socially unwanted .. and socially outcast are welcomed into the greatest of parties. This is the life Jesus wants us to receive from Him. This is the life He wants us to invite others to join in: the rejected .. the neglected .. and the admired. They all and we all are invited into the Son’s celebration. You find yourself shaking your head wondering ‘how did I get invited’? You got invited because you realized that His invitation was incomprehensibly better than anything you could ever create on your own. In fact, you may find an invitation waiting for you because you never could qualify to be invited on this world’s terms. What you discover is that when Jesus invites you He genuinely welcomes you into His home as if you’ve were the first name on his invitation list. And the truth is … you were. His invitation doesn’t make you proud. It changes you into a grace-disrupted follower who no longer wants to live your way but His way. You might as well come on in … it only takes a moment …

“I’m not trying to get my way in the world’s way. I’m trying to get your way, your Word’s way. I’m staying on your trail; I’m putting one foot in front of the other. I’m not giving up.” Psalm 17:4-5

Ken Chester: Grace-Griped is sent M-F to Holy Party Crashers following Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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