Dedication Without Excuses (Luke 14:15-24)

Benjamin Franklin once said; “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else,” and I could not agree more. If you are like me, you despise excuses. Yet, we all make them from time to time, don’t we. But there are none worse than the excuses made for failing to keep a commitment. For welshing on a promise.

It seems that many of my friends have had the great pleasure of hosting wedding receptions of late. Like them, I know how much time and effort goes into planning and coordinating an event for a large group. Invitations are generally mailed early to invited guests, to ensure the hosts are well prepared for the celebration. And those invitations almost always request that guests répondez s’il vous plait (RSVP).

Yes, we all use the acronym but not all understand its true meaning. Borrowed from our French cousins, the term literally means, “respond please.” Why do the hosts want you to respond; because they want to know for certain how many guests are coming so they can plan properly of course.

However, as I suspect nearly every host can tell you, there are always some who RSVP with a “Yes” but then fail to keep that commitment. Not only is that rude, it can be very frustrating for the host who dearly wanted you to attend and made plans for your presence to enjoy the celebration with them. If too many people fail to honor their commitment it can be extremely frustrating and aggravating to the host, even resulting in anger.

Believe it or not, we find that exact situation described in our focal passage this week from Luke 14:15-24. Jesus was sent by God to extend banquet invitations on behalf of the Father. How did the invited guests respond? How did the Hosts react to their response? What was the impact on the banquet? What are the long-term implications of the change in direction caused by the disappointing response of the invited guests? Join us for the study this week and find out. You will never look at another banquet invitation the same way afterward, I promise!

If you are unable to join us in person, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File.  For more information about our current series, including study materials from previous weeks, please see Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke.