The Wedding Invitation
Matthew 22:2-14 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son. And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
We need to pray that God will open our understanding, that we might hear what HE is saying. Having accepted Jesus Christ as or Lord and Savior, we too have been issued a wedding invitation. We have been invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Not because of anything in ourselves, we can merit nothing from God, but because of God's great love and grace to us. As I read this parable Christ gave, my heart experienced an intense heavy, sadness. I had to put it aside and for several days I could hardly bear to look at it. I did not understand why I felt such a heavy burden in my spirit. I believe that the Lord is showing me the very seriousness of this invitation.
We are far too quick to jump to conclusions. It makes me think of my grandchildren. They get something new and can't wait to play with it. You try and show them how it works, but they are reaching in and grabbing it saying, "I know, I know." I fear too often we have been just like that with the things God gives us. We have preconceived ideas about the things of God, and when He gives us something we tend to try and run ahead of Him... thinking we know far more than we really do.
There is nothing more serious than receiving this invitation. Yes, it is a time of great joy. But only for those who are prepared, and wearing the proper garments. We cannot come to this feast wearing garments of self-righteousness or good works... for if we do we shall be cast out. Each one of us must seek the Holy Spirit, and ask that He show us how to be properly clothed.
Far too many people today have a lighthearted, almost flippant attitude toward the sacred things of God. There is only one way this attitude can exist. It is an attitude fostered by those whom God is not near or in. Where there is no presence of God, there is no awe or reverence. We become excessively loose in our interpretations and knowledge. Till we become little more than an unruly mob proclaiming whatever comes into our heads as being so. Many today are in great danger... and don't even know it. Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
This problem is far more prevalent today than it was when Paul wrote this epistle to the Romans. We need to seek to learn all that we can about the righteousness of God, and how to acquire it. If we try and make our own righteousness, we will fall short; miss the mark; fail to inherit; be cast out of the Wedding Feast.
This is to any whose hearts are for God, who feel intense sorrow at the thought of failing Him that called us out of the darkness and into His glorious light. We must be vigilant in our pursuit of securing our election and place in God. Though all around us may be complacent and lukewarm concerning the teachings of Christ, let us not be counted among their number. We have been given an awesome responsibility. And we shall have to give an accounting of what we have done with that which God has given us. To whom much is given, much will be required. There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof is death. We who have had every opportunity will have to excuse for not following through. We should be very careful when making presumptions concerning the things of God. This is certainly worthy of our prayerful consideration.
2 Corinthians 5:2-4 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
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