S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Timeline: Jesus is teaching people at a meal about the Kingdom of God (Christianity) before his death, burial and resurrection. The question important for us to ask is this: Who has a seat at the table in the new Kingdom of God?
When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’” Luke 14:15–24 NIV
Does it surprise you that those who were originally invited to God’s ultimate plan refused to participate? Why do some respond and others reject?
What does it say about God’s heart that he invited EVERYONE? Do you embrace and promote that invitation?
Lord, thank you for the depth of your love for all people. Thank you for allowing me to not only have a seat at your eternal table but also for empowering me to invite others!