Seek Out Your Dinner Guests
While eating dinner at the home of a Pharisee, Jesus gave a parable about a man who was hosting a great feast. When everything was ready, the host sent his servants out to invite the guests. However, all those who were invited gave reasons why they could not come to the banquet. One person had just purchased some land and had to go see it; another person had purchased a new team of oxen that he had to try out; another person had just gotten married and needed to be home with his wife.
When the host heard these excuses, he became extremely upset and instructed his servants to go quickly into the streets and lanes and invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind. Even after this was done there was still room at the banquet table. Wanting his house to be full of guests, the host told his servants to go back out again to the highways and hedges and compel the poor and disabled to come to his feast. (See Luke 14:16–24.)