“Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”
God invites us all to come to Him, so why do we hesitate to respond? In Jesus’ parable, the invitees have a variety of reactions, from selfish disinterest to violent refusal and murder. When your king invites you, it is a command, not a suggestion, so the king is understandably upset when they not only refuse to come, but even murder his messengers. They are rejecting his authority, not just his invitation.
Is this what we are doing to God? God invites us into relationship with Him both in this life and in the eternal life of Heaven. Why are we so quick to ignore God? God offers us His infinite grace in this life and glory beyond our imagining in the next; do we think we are going to get a better offer? Are the fleeting pleasures of this world so enticing that we are willing to give up eternal life just so that we can have our own way now? Settling for the lesser goods now seems foolish, yet this is what we do every time we sin.
There are really only two options. Either we live now for ourselves and enjoy ourselves here on earth and damn ourselves for eternity in the process, or we choose to live here and now in such a way as to prepare ourselves to enter into Heaven. God has opened for us the way into paradise; all He asks is that we accept His invitation and prepare accordingly. That means living here and now with Christ as our king so that we might be worthy citizens of His heavenly Kingdom in the next life. It means dying to ourselves so that we might live for Him. It means allowing God to be God and not claiming ultimate authority for ourselves. God has told us how we are to prepare ourselves for heaven. It is up to us to accept His invitation and His authority both in this life and in the next—to reject sin and accept Jesus as Lord, on earth as it is in Heaven.