In Luke 14, the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.’ Multiple excuses were given as to why they couldn’t come. Things haven’t really changed that much over time. Today Jesus invites us to lay down our lives and follow him. What’s our excuse going to be?
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And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’
Luke 14:23-24

(Excuses) we make

‘But they all alike began to make excuses.’
Luke 14:18a

(Pleasure)
The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’
Luke 14:18b

(Work)

And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’
Luke 14:19

(Relationship)

And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’
Luke 14:20

(Hearing) the invitation is not the same as (Being) at the banquet

And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’
Luke 14:23-24

Jesus is (Always) after the heart

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:27

It’s (NOT) about you

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:1-9