"When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this person your seat.' " Luke 14:8,9
This passage of scripture speaks of a hypothetical wedding feast. Jesus talks of honor, humiliation and goes on to give a recipe for being exalted. But, perhaps if we look to apply this in the real world today, within the greater context of the Lord's greatest commandments, we can see this is as a challenge to love – even love those who are not yet familiar or known to us.
This parable in Luke 14 instructs that our minds and actions should prepare the way for those who are coming to the feast – or the family – even for those of whom we are not yet aware. Jesus makes it clear that to do this, we must make a place for these newcomers – or siblings. We are united in Christ through the Holy Spirit as brothers and sisters in the Body. And, eventually this body is unified as the Bride of Christ as indicated in Revelation 21. So this is a challenge to widen our view of this wedding feast to see it as a time of growth for the family tree. Who is here for whom we have yet to make a place?
As SAT-7 continues its ministry in the Middle East and North Africa, as a ministry predominantly Middle Eastern in staff, one of our roles is to share with you another view of this region that often makes headlines for very different reasons. The man, Joseph, in the video clip above, shares an intimate view into his life. We see his home, his work, his friend and his heart as he challenges his people to stay in the Middle East when the reality is that many are fleeing. He is a Christian! There are many like him, with families, homes, blessings and challenges. Joseph typically doesn't make the news headlines. Yet, he, and others like him, make up a significant portion of the Middle East and North Africa.
If we allow our view of the Middle East and North Africa to grow to include people like Joseph, how does that impact the manner in which we live out our faith? I would like to suggest that we might allow these people to occupy a place in our lives, hearts, resources and our prayer lives. In this vein, I would like to invite you to join us in prayer for the people, our family, in the Middle East and North Africa. Join us and pray with us during the SAT-7 Day of Prayer on Sunday, 6th November. You can find out how to pray by visiting our Prayer page. Then, let us know how you are praying by posting your prayer for the region on the Day of Prayer webpage. The SAT-7 staff would love to read how you are praying and pray along with you.
Yours in His Service Together,
P.S. Just as Christ demonstrated His love for us by laying down His life, let us show our love for our brothers and sisters. Will you commit to pray with us?