Matthew 22:8-14 “And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor. Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’ So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few are chosen.””
My thoughts: At this great wedding feast, God and His people become one through the sacrifice that Jesus made. I believe this feast begins when we surrender our lives to Jesus, but is ultimately fulfilled in Heaven. Many of us think it’s acceptable to attend a wedding we aren’t dressed for. I believe the wedding clothes in this parable represent willingness to change. The guests that put on the wedding clothes understood the wedding feast wasn’t a “get together”. You don’t show up to this feast to “observe and watch”. As guests, we must respond to the message of salvation with a desire to be united with Jesus. There won’t be any distinction between us and the world if we are dressed the same as them, yet label ourselves differently. If we don’t change the spiritual clothes we are wearing, it won’t alter where we are going. If we aren’t willing to throw off our sinful nature, then we cannot receive the new nature He has for us. If we call ourselves Christians, yet still wear our old sinful nature, we are in danger of the fires of Hell. Some of us think God is content with our lifestyle of compromise. Some of us think we will inherit eternal life because we said a prayer. This feast doesn’t come from praying a prayer and living the same way, but from complete repentance and a lifelong commitment of service to God. We will slip up, but if our hearts are right before God, He will strengthen us to overcome every hindrance. He is calling us to a great wedding feast. The truth is though, very few are willing to choose it over the emptiness of living for the world. Instead of suffering in utter darkness, let’s throw off our former ways of life and put on clothes of willingness that are fit for the wedding.