Thursday, August 19, 2010

Notes to the Lord: On Weddings and Paying Attention To The Call

Scripture Reflections:Matthew 22

1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4"Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'

Lord Jesus--The preparations are made and the invitations have been sent...even a second invitation was sent. There were those who just couldn't hear the message...not sure why...maybe it was the things that occupied their minds, maybe it was rebellion. The reality is the invitation is not heeded. That was true of many to whom you were working with everyday.

My context is different, but can I expect anything different? Some will listen and many wouldn't...but that does not change the call or the mission.

5"But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

Lord Jesus--There is a cost to not paying attention to your call in my life and in the lives to whom I seek to see come to you.

This city...Saratoga is a city with such a history. It is rich in victories and defeats of the past. This place was the turning point in fight for Independence all those years ago. This morning I pray for this city that a place where history was made might find renewal in your grace.

May this city see a movement of God. Lord Jesus me and those who are like minded...may we see lives changed by the power of your Holy Spirit alive and active in hearts and minds.

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