15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. 16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 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. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 21 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. 22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 23 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. 24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
The responses to the original invitation are different but have some similarities. The most obvious one is that they are all turning it down. Another is that the excuses given are not necessarily unreasonable. The servant brings the invitation, but there is work taking place, investments being made and unions being formed. These are all things God has blessed. He instituted work and marriage from the very beginning in the Garden of Eden. The problem here is that those ‘good’ things have overshadowed, or taken the place of time with God; and in the end, that original group was barred from entering the supper.
So in our lives, or maybe even our ministries,there is so much going on that we sometimes don’t feel we have the time to stop and have a ‘meal’ with the Lord. “Surely He will understand” we think; “I need to keep my family happy and that is something He wants.” “I need to focus on the outreach event I am planning, God surely wants me to do that.” Then when we find that all our efforts yield little results we want to blame God. “Why didn’t He bring the increase?” The reality is, we didn’t give Him any part in our ministry, whether to our family or other people.
As we go forward into each day, let us remember the great need we have of our Heavenly Father and not, like Martha, get caught up in the work we are doing.
Even if Especially if that work is for Him. If we take the time to rest in Him, we may find that He has a far different plan for our lives than the one we are pursuing. If you feel there is no time, try asking God to show you if there is something you are allowing to take the place of time with Him and ask Him to give you the strength to surrender it to Him.