"Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper" (Luke 14:16-24).
Today's Morsel: During the Pony Express days in America, the horse riders were tasked with delivering the mail as quickly and as safely as possible. Each postal location along the route of delivery was responsible to provide the rider with a fresh horse. Because the horses would tire from being ridden so fast, the riders were given a fresh and often times faster horse at the stopping point. Today, I believe that too many have been chosen by Jesus to deliver the mail (The Gospel), and and they are riding the same horse too long and too far. The horse that they are riding, whose name is called "Excuse", needs to be changed out. He's tired and worn. He needs a break. He's been ridden by too many for too long. Jesus said that a supper was made by a certain man, but those who were invited made excuses why they couldn't come. In other words, they were riding that same old horse many are riding today. Excuse! And they were not allowed to be a part of the supper. There is a banquet prepared for the church, but if you are riding the horse whose name is "Excuse", you will miss out every time. Excuse is subject to quit on you before you arrive at the supper.
Sing: Jesus has a table spread where the saints of God are fed, He invites His chosen people "Come and dine!" With His manna He doth feed and supplies our every need; O tis, sweet to sup with Jesus all the time!
"Come and dine", the Master calleth , "Come and dine"; you may feast at Jesus' table all the time, He who fed the multitude turned the water into wine, to the hungry calleth now, "Come and dine."
Thought for Today: The horse called Excuse needs to be changed (Parker)