God’s Word for Today: Attention
I was very privileged this past weekend to attend a college graduation ceremony. Any invitation to be witness to the finale of 4 years or more of hard work, much studying, and endless dedication must be readily accepted. Plus, the added bonus of food, drink, and celebration following the pomp and circumstance is greatly anticipated and appreciated.
It amazes me, at a graduation ceremony how little attention is paid to the guest speaker. Typically this person is someone of importance. Or, at least someone the students have chosen as one who can share their wisdom. This guest speaker most likely spends countless hours thinking and rethinking words that will carry their weight for future years. Whether it is five minutes or fifty minutes, there is always something worth listening to. But, once again, at this latest ceremony, everyone had their own agenda. The speaker might as well have been talking to the moon. I wonder at times if God’s Word for Today is delivered to that same address.
I find it sad, but I also know that I can only recall the words of one speaker out of the countless ones I have heard. Even my own graduation speech I delivered is all but lost from my memory. And, I guarantee, within 5 minutes (maybe even less) of the delivery of my vast intelligence, those words were lost for eternity.
The only words I ever recall from a graduation speech are those delivered by my Mom at a High School graduation so very many years ago. Mom was clever, creative, and wise enough to use words captured from a book that everyone was familiar with since they were children. It had something to do with Green eggs and ham. I believe you can take it from there. Got your attention didn’t it?
Matthew 22:5. “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business.
Here is a story shared by Jesus, of a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants out to invite a select group of people. But, for some unknown reason, those people refused to come. They had better things to do. They paid no attention.
Then, the king sent his servants out to invite anyone who would listen. Anyone, who paid attention long enough to accept the king’s invitation. Guaranteed they were not disappointed with the party.
You, my friend are one of those invited guests. It doesn’t matter if you feel like you were never on the original list. It doesn’t matter how distant you feel from the Ultimate King. It doesn’t matter if the original words you heard were forgotten or never heard.
What is important is that you pay attention today. Set aside those distractions that are robbing your attention. Accept the invitation that God has so generously shared. Listen to God’s guest speaker Jesus’ words. Don’t miss this celebration that offers Eternal life………… Amen and amen.