DCLM DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL FOR MAY 6, 2023 (HARVESTING LIKE THE MASTER)
TOPIC : HARVESTING LIKE THE MASTER
Text: luke 14:12-24 (kjv)
12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
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.
KEY VERSE: “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.” – (Luke 14:13)
If journalists were to sit at the feet of Jesus Christ to cover His teachings, one of the uphill tasks that would confront them and their editors would be choosing the commercial headlines to appeal to demand. All our Lord said was latent ‘stop-press’ bulletins. They were the news of the day as they carried weight and deserved front-page attention. None could be relegated.
However, whether in the synagogue, by the seaside, on the mountain-top or in the house of a Pharisee or tax collector, the thousands who gathered to listen to Christ were never under any burden of taking discriminatory decisions. For them it was sufficient to be at a feast where only the disadvantaged of society were hosted by Christ. That pointed them to the love of God for the humble, the poor and the oppressed. This encouraged them to acknowledge His goodness in preparing them a place in heaven.
God is looking for those who will be like Christ. He is searching for preachers of the gospel who will deliver only what would lead the people to thoughts of getting ready for His coming. Such evangelists must not be moved by the commercial ‘headline news’ the society wants to hear, but what will move them to appreciate the Lord.
Regardless of where we deliver the message – in the church, at crusade ground, by the wayside, market, in the bus, or on the social media – the result should be a harvest of ready souls for the Kingdom. We have the promise of the Father that if we handle the business of the great commission the same way our Master and the early Church executed the mandate, we shall be crowned with roaring success ultimately.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Genuine conversion begins with gospel conversation.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 11-13
Daily Manna is the daily devotional of the Deeper Christian Life Bible Ministry (DCLM) written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi. It is an extraction of God’s Word designed to draw the sincere seeker closer to God on a daily basis through an insightful exposition and analysis of God’s Word.