The Refiners Fire
Here is a personal testimony of a very recent encounter with the mighty guidance of God. He used a Sunday sermon, a parable, a lunch meeting, a written exercise, exhaustion, and a call to help – and a revelation. Each of these touchpoints orbits Luke 14:13-22.
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The Parable of the Great Banquet
When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited,
‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses.
The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
“The servant came back and reported this to his master.
Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
Onward and Upward
I will walk this from end to beginning – with a few jumps included (trust me, there is more to this testimony than shared here).
With a still and small voice, the message was clear – you have learned what was intended – it was not a pleasant moment. The grip of guilt and condemnation began to take hold driving me to prayers of confession and seeking forgiveness and resting in faith that the lesson was learned (a process in repentance).
It was 12 hours prior that a call came out from my brother in Christ, Joe Curto, to gather in prayer for a person in need.
Back to the testimony – The time was not right for ME. I justified each and every prompt to act with a reaction that kept me from traveling across town. No guilt there, I really was spent – or was I really that spent?
The initial and intended prompt was to share this parable in the context of the Church stepping up and taking action in and around the cause of the orphan and foster child.
What was intended, perhaps for you, ultimately landed upon me and my heart. As followers of Christ, we have very few excuses not to act. That is the point of the lesson I had to learn and the testimony I share.
As I look back on the events of the past 3 weeks and the plan I HAD, I am not too surprised that the Lord was moving all along to help drive this home in my heart first and foremost. So, to Joe and the hurting soul – my sincere apologies for choosing not to act. Thank you, Lord, for your patience, caring, teaching, revelation, and forgiveness.
My prayer is that this testimony is a blessing to you and your walk of faith.
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