Better than Charlie Bucket’s Golden Ticket…You’ve been issued an engraved invitation to the King’s Banquet!

Posted: March 1, 2016 in Holy Spirit is at work today: Fruits of Love

What if you went to your mailbox today, and on top of the advertisements and bills lay a gleaming invitation, inscribed with your name, made from purest translucent gold to the King of Heaven’s great banquet which is now ready. You will be the special guest of Jesus Christ, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the earth. A place has been reserved just for you. Travel arrangements have been provided for you, free of charge. A new gleaming white outfit will be provided — no need to pack. Please reply in the postage-paid envelope your choice:

_____Yes, I would love to attend your heavenly banquet. I am honored. Nothing in this world would give me more pleasure. I can’t believe this is a free gift. THANK YOU!

_____No, I cannot attend due to business and career concerns. Making money and investments takes all of my time and energy so I will be unable and unwilling to join you.

_____No, I have recently married or had a child so this time is not convenient for me. Please have the party without me.

_____No, I have never cared for your company. I prefer my own friends who also do not like you — or your son, Jesus, for that matter.  I prefer rebellion and mean-spiritedness over kindness, meekness and humility.  I will choose my own path, thank you anyway.

Believe it! This very banquet is being prepared for you in heaven. Read Luke 14:16-17:  “A man (God) once gave a great banquet and invited a lot of guests. When the banquet was ready, he sent a servant (Jesus) to tell the guests, ‘Everything is ready! Please come.'”

In verses 18-24, one guest after another started making excuses for why they could not attend. I have modernized the choices for you above. It seems ludicrous that earth dwellers would turn down the “YES” choice, but that is what happens countless times across the globe every day. People willfully turn from God and his gracious offer of a free banquet at the end of time to celebrate the marriage of the Lamb of God to his spotless bride, the true remnant Christian bride. Those who stopped their earthly business long enough to realize that eternal destinies are decided every day. Some people have one more day to choose God’s son, and others do not. Time is up. There is no reincarnation. There are no second chances.

Please come with me to God’s banquet. I’ll be looking for you there. Sit next to me. Tell me how you turned from arrogant sin and accepted Jesus’ offer to follow him to your heavenly home. Tell me your very own testimony of how God invited you and you accepted. We will have all of eternity to read each other’s biographies. They will be posted for all to see why your rewards are what they are.  God will fairly mete out honor depending on what service, time, treasures and talents you performed for God’s kingdom while still on earth. “The greatest blessing of all is to be at the banquet in God’s kingdom!” (Luke 14:15)

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