Last year a wealthy widow in India spent $37,500 to throw a feast for 100,000 people. Phuljharia Kunwar was 80 years old at the time and felt that she might not live much longer. With the thought of death before her, she threw this feast, hoping that it would please the gods and secure for her a place in heaven. One man who attended the feast told reporters that "She was worried that no one would care about throwing a feast after her death." And so at the end of her life Kunwar spent a part of her fortune on a good deed, seeking a legacy for her life here and hope for the life hereafter. She threw a feast hoping that it would get her into heaven.
In the kingdom of God, this picture is reversed. We see Jesus inviting us to a banquet that He hosts, and if we say yes to His invitation He grants us meaning in this life and a place by His side in eternity. What a deal! "Then the angel said to me, 'Write: "Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!"'" (Revelation 19:9)