Be Ready

The needy shall not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor perish forever.
Psalm 9:18
It was impossible in ancient times to set exact times and dates for planned events. Food and drink had to be purchased and gotten to the site. But back then availability was often a problem. And transportation was an even bigger problem. So that's the setting for the story in Luke 14 of the man who invited the respectable people of his town to a banquet. Of course they accepted. But when they received word that all things were finally ready and the banquet was to take place that day, it turned out they were busy.

Jesus compared this situation to God. Those who had all the advantages were invited into God's Kindom. But they had other priorities. So Jesus came to reach out to the disadvantaged and the disabled. 

God's call seldom comes when we expect it. God's claim on our lives is often inconvenient. But those of us who have accepted the invitation to God's banquet need to make God—and God's people—a priority. Thus, when we hear the call and feel the claim, we will be ready for the feast and consider it an honor to take part.

Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.
 Luke 14:21
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
I want to be ready, Lord, to come to you when you call me, and to go forth when you send me.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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