9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
After the first invited guests found themselves too preoccupied to attend, the Father sent an invitation to anyone and everyone, regardless of who they were or what they had done. His main reason was to ensure the party was full.
This parable helps us see the a few things…
-Some people, the religious leaders in the first century and cultural “Christians” today, become too preoccupied to be involved in Kingdom purposes.
-The Father wants the party full. That is His decision and His choice. The guests don’t and shouldn’t have an opinion on who is invited. They should just be excited they are invited.
-The servants obey the Master. They go to everyone and invite them. In this same way, we are to be obedient and invite whoever. We don’t have the freedom to narrow the guest list.
-My joy in life (enjoying the party) is directly connected to the constant reminder that I used to be out on the road. But I was invited in. I am in, not because of what I have done, but because the Father decided to expand the guest list! I can’t forget that.
Father, I find myself getting off track when I start believing I did something to be at the party. I am here because of your graciousness and your decision to expand the guest list. May I live like I believe that. May I remember that there are a whole lot of people who don’t know they are invited. May I spend my life inviting.