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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, April 15, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
In this culture, two invitations were expected when banquets were given. The first asked the guests to attend; the second announced that all was ready. In this story the king invited his guests three times, and each time they rejected his invitation. [God] He wants us to join Him at His banquet, which will last for eternity. That’s why He sends us invitations again and again. Have you accepted His invitation? (NLT)
Matthew 22:1-14 – Jesus told them several other stories to illustrate the Kingdom. He said, “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. Many guests were invited, and when the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify everyone that it was time to come. But they all refused! So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared, and choice meats have been cooked. Everything is ready. Hurry!’ But the guests he had invited ignored them and went about their business, one to his farm, another to his store. Others seized his messengers and treated them shamefully, even killing some of them.
“Then the king became furious. He sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their city. And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor. Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’
“So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ And the man had no reply. Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Quoted verse: Many are invited, but few are chosen. –Matthew 22:14 (NIV)
“Story” – Douglas Forrest (Shetland, United Kingdom) titled his story “CALLED;” here is a portion of Douglas’ story:
“In 1979, I was a relatively young and inexperienced elementary-school teacher with a vague knowledge of Christ gleaned from Sunday school in childhood. Then, in a Scottish teaching journal, I saw advertised the post of sole teacher/missionary for the very remote Shetland island of Foula. Being quite adventurous by nature I applied for the job – and got it – without giving too much thought to what the missionary role might require.
“At the time, Foula had a population of about 40 people with only nine children attending the tiny school. I was expected to lead worship on the island and conduct funerals. . . . I have come not just to know and love God but have become empowered to share that love with countless others. I now have no doubt that back in ’79 the Lord had already made plans for me.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I am empowered to share God’s love with others.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for reaching out through scripture so that we may mature and grow as your blessed children. We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV).
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