If you still have a land line and cable, every in coming call shows up on your television. Anyone without caller ID has another benefit of technology, a new way to screen your calls. Thus, if you don’t want to talk to a telemarketer or don’t have time to chat with a friend who tends to be long winded, you have the option to let phone ring until the answering machine picks up.
The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come, Matthew 22:2-3.
Those who practice this form of call screening may miss someone from their past, present or someone God wants you to meet. Meanwhile, God’s calling can be obscure, occurring at the least likely time or place. Therefore, if you are unable to discern, hear or sense the whisper of God, you will be replaced by a more willing participant.
But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business, Matthew 22:5.
Whether you read the Old or New Testament, two common themes exist. First, human beings were created to praise God. Second, each person was designed to serve the Lord with their God given gifts. Sure, everyone goes through periods of disobedience, rebellion and vacation, taking a break from God. The call is waiting for you daily and the message is clear, to serve. Don’t be like those in the parable of the wedding banquet who came up with lame excuses. Rather, make the most of the time that you have, by applying the talents within you.
by Jay Mankus