Saturday: 21st September, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 9:9-13
Matthew 9:10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.
When any group of persons turn up uninvited to a wedding, they are deemed ‘wedding crashers’. Yet, while the large crowds at some weddings can help hide many of those “uninvitees”, a dinner setting with a fixed number of sitting presents a rather easier environment within which to identify possible ‘intruders’. However, the decision on what to do after such a discovery is the point of today’s message.
The tax collectors who are described in today’s Gospel could be described as ‘dinner crashers’. They are very likely to have joined in at Jesus’ table because they knew Matthew, but it was Jesus and his disciples who were his guests. But here is the twist: even though they may have come in and sat down uninvited, they were not unwelcome. Hence, their seating at table was accepted and permitted by Jesus.
The lesson is this: ‘
What you attract, will likely draw near to you and what you give permission to takes seat at your table’.
Beloved, at a point in time, many situations and people will approach you uninvited, it is how accommodating you are of these that will determine how much you affect them or they influence you.
We therefore need to learn to discern between uninvited guests that need welcoming and those that need not be entertained at our table.