Unwise Response to Grace
Matthew 22:1 - 14
Notice who comes to the party: people both evil and good. God is making no distinction between open "sinners" and the "morally correct.” Everyone is invited. No matter who they are, if people have a need, whether they are of good reputation or not, they are invited. "Whosoever will may come," says God’s word. The central message of Christianity is the message of Grace. We are "called to become by grace what God is by nature." A bridge is formed between God and humanity. As Peter wrote: "Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the Divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." (2 Peter 1:4)
In the parable, some of those who were summoned ignored the king, others declined because they were too busy with other things, and still others became hostile and violent. But all of them, each in his own way, "made light" of the invitation The invitation to the feast just was not important to any of those who were invited; it had no priority for them.
Reminds me of people we know who just don’t seem to have any interest in spiritual things. They are not always antagonistic toward the things of God; they just simply have no time for them. Being a part of God’s kingdom means a diligent effort to live up to kingdom standards. Spiritual sloppiness is not a wise way to respond to God’s grace. Grace is not just a gift; grace is a responsibility. And I am talking about a lot more than just sitting in the pew and enduring an hour of worship service every Sunday morning.
Psalms 14:1 says “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God!” – No God! Nothing of God! God is not! A total disregard for the invitation of God, the messengers of God, the Son of God, and God himself is summed up in one word SELF. We all have to make choices in life, choices between alternatives that appear equally attractive but lead to entirely different destinations. Whether or not we arrive at the right destination depends on the choices we make and our choices depend on our priorities in life. Where we are, let alone eternity, is determined today by the choices we make; and our most important priority should be to belong to the Kingdom of God.
When we see things objectively, in other words – we see that since most of humanity lives on the surface of themselves, out of touch with their inner depths, such behavior is more than unwise and needs to be shortened and contained.
May our hearts remain open to God’s love. May our minds remain open to God’s will. May our doors remain open to God’s hospitality. Saying YES to grace that believes that God has marvelous plans for our church (and follow through with support) gives us hope and the energy to reach our calling in the world, which is to bring grace to our relationships, our community, and, ultimately, to the world. And this is a result of our response to Grace.
Dr. SAMUEL SAWITSKI,
Sundays at 9:30am
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Desert Garden United Church of Christ
18818 North 128th Avenue
Sun City West, AZ 85375
Phone: (623) 584-1795
Pastor led Fall Bible Study Presentation
Theme: Journey toward Spiritual Evolution
Thursdays at 10am
(details under Bible Study tab)
Book Signing Sunday, October 29
Our very own member, Bob Bennett, authored “The Other Viki,”
an intriguing story of an identical twin separated at birth.
He will be presenting his book following the Worship Service at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.