Come to God’s Feast – By Father Andrew Bahhi
Recently a big storm hit this area. A lot of damage, and a lot of people lost their lives. And last Sunday, I spoke about how God is warning us. This week, the Bible tells us how the Lord is calling us to be true children. It was a very strong message.
We hear a lot of bad things happening. If there is a clear message, it is we should listen, obey and answer the call of the Lord. Luke 14:16-24 says that in a symbolic way, as there was a master who prepared a feast. And he sent his servant to invite others to join his supper, but unfortunately everyone gave excuses. When the Bible said, “they all with one accord began to make excuses.” – in one voice – that was painful to read.
These excuses come from three groups of people:
- The ones who wanted to check on the field. Those who look to the earthly possessions.
- The ones who wanted to check on their animals. Those are the people who are passionate about their finances and business.
- Those who found excuses in their personal life. These are the ones who care about their physical desires.
We always have these three excuses. As John said in 1 John 2:16, he says – “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” – 1 John 2:16
And as Jesus declared in Matthew 22:37, “You shall love the Lord your God from all your heart and from all your soul and from all your power and from all your mind.”
If you bring all this together, we’ll understand that time is so short, bad things happen, and we have to take these warnings very seriously. Not to answer the Lord and listen to him will be bad behavior.
Why? Because the Bible tells us that time is so short.
These people are careless, they don’t care, and they neglect people. They keep making excuses.
The Lord will keep calling us, waking us up, and inviting us.
We keep saying “later on.”
I will go to the church to feel good, but not to repent.
I will read the Bible to comfort my conscious. Not to have a true relationship with Jesus.
I will repeat the prayer because of what it makes me feel, and not because I love the Lord.
We are here on this earth. We have time to repent, come to the Lord and accept the Lord in our life.
Prayer is to build connection with God. It is not only to feel good. It comes from the heart and mind with true faith.
Fasting, praying, reading the Bible is not enough unless we have a strong and true relationship with Jesus.
There is a big difference between “I am in the church” and “The church is in me.”
I pray and I encourage every one of us. To pay attention, not be careless, come to the Lord, to read what’s happening among us, to wake up and to tell the Lord “Please forgive us.”
I pray we can have true love. I pray from all my heart that we wake up and we care what the Lord says to every and each of us, and accept our repentance because we want to walk with, Lord, and be with you all the days of our life.
Learn more in Father Andrew’s sermon video here.
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