Week 24 (Day 3): Free Yourself From Any Form of Substitute


Luke 14:15-20

15 Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!”

16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ 18 But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’”

God is actually calling us to feast in his love. God is calling us to feast in his great plans and purposes for our lives! God is inviting us to feast in His lovely presence.

Imagine what a beautiful invitation it was: a banquet in the Kingdom of God! But we can actually say “NO”! We can say, “Sorry, but I’m full!”, and many times, we’re quick to say, “I’m busy!”

Many would make excuses not to come. Why?

John Piper nailed it when he said:

“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20).”

We must never forget that our hearts are deceitful- it will try to convince us that we are full, but we’re actually filled with spiritual junk food and cheap substitute!

Again, John Piper was right when he said:

“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. God did not create you for this. There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened.”

Free yourself from any substitutes, go for the real food!









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