Today while visiting at my parent’s house, the girls in the family had a special treat. My niece had planned a tea party complete with china cups and saucers, cucumber sandwiches, and scones. We had so much fun and enjoyed the company of each other. I am sure we did not meet the specifications for true “high tea”, but there was much laughter as we tried to be proper while enjoying the delicious treats. (My sister, niece, and oldest daughter outdid themselves!)
We discussed how neat it would be to invite different people each time or maybe even have a tea house, where groups of ladies could gather for a relaxing afternoon or bridal tea.
As I pondered the imagery of this afternoon (which I have always been prone to do – it is inevitable), I was reminded of a few things.
The Bible tells us about a time when the Lord returns for His Bride. All who have been invited to His banqueting table and accepted His invitation will be gathered around the feast prepared for us. Christians from all time, all walks of life, all nations, will be present to enjoy the goodness of God.
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”Revelation 19:7-9a
As we discussed who we might invite to our tea table, there were names of friends and acquaintances, and other family members, and rightly so. In the book of Luke, Jesus told a parable of a great supper that was to take place. All those who were invited received the call to come when the meal was prepared, but many made excuses and declined to come (Luke 14:18-20). The master of the house then told his servant to “go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city; and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind” (14:21). All these were brought in and room still remained for more to enter (14:22).
“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.”Luke 14:23-24
I am afraid that as we go about our daily tasks and service, we tend to think about our close circles of family and friends and fail to consider those around us who need compassion and love. Are we willing to share with that neighbor who might not be exactly like us? Are we listening to the Spirit guiding us to share the gospel with that co-worker who does not believe in God?
In short, are we sharing the invitation with the ones God still longs to save? Are we showing compassion to the hurting in our community? Are we willing to reach out and share the love God gives to us?
Let’s find ways to reach out with invitations to others so that we can share the invitation to God’s great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” Song of Solomon 2:4