As Jesus was sitting back at a party, one of the guests looked over at him and said, “Sure is nice to be invited to this killer party.” Jesus smiled and said, “There was this guy who hit it big, I mean really big – he had more money than he knew what to do with. To celebrate his good fortune he wanted to put on a massive party for those who were close to him. He hired a DJ, ordered the food, rented the hall, and sent out the invitations to all his friends – he spared no expense. Everything was first class.
As he was working on the finishing touches on this mega-bash, he noticed no one was showing-up. He looked at the only friend that came and asked him to find out what happened to everyone else. So, his friend hit his cell phone and started to call all the people invited, but all he heard were excuses.
One person told his friend, ‘Gosh, I’d love to go, but I just bought a house and we are picking a color for the living room.’
Another said, ‘Wow, sounds exciting, but I just bought a new car, and I want to spend time washing and polishing it.’
Still another said, ‘I just started dating this new guy, and well I want to spent time with him.’
Each person gave a reason why they could not attend the party; some simply told him that they had no desire to go. When his friend called the last person on the invite list, he told the man what they said. The man was crushed, soon sadness gave way to frustration, he just spent all this time, energy and money to give his friends a great time, and none of them would come. Shaking his head, he looked at his friend and said, ‘Call all the local shelters and invite everyone who wants to come – I will even supply the transportation.’
As the guest came in, they were excited to be invited to such a wonderful party and felt strongly that the man was willing to share his good fortune with them. As the people started to enter, the man noticed that there was still room, so he called his friend over and told him to call all the nursing homes, all the care centers, and invite them.
As the man watched, the party was well under way – people from all over the community, those left behind by society, the broken, the marginalized, the hurting, the lost and the lonely were there, all of them enjoying the party and each other. The man was excited and smiled at his friend and said, ‘You know, I am having more fun hanging with the people that came, than I would have with those I invited in the first place. They are missing a great party.’”