Today’s Reading: Matthew 22
v 1-14 The Kingdom of heaven is like…
The more I’ve reflected on our wedding, the more memories jog my mind. The details that were put into everything. From invitations selection to music played to the food and cake served. What an amazing day. This summer Jennifer and I celebrated our 12th anniversary. I know I don’t say it or recognize enough the masterpiece our Lord created in my wife and our three wonderful children Jackson, Marshall, and Gianna, but I know they truly are.
The parable that Jesus shares in Matthew 22 talks about a wedding that various groups are invited to. Everyone in town was invited to, yet people refused and paid no attention to the invite for one reason or another. For those who finally came, some didn’t come dressed for such an occasion. There is always some thought that gets put into your outfit when attending a wedding. For me, this parable makes me reflect on what I’m wearing. What d do I put on each day in the presence of the Lord? What are my actions as a preparation for a wedding feast in Heaven? People like to pretend that our choices or actions don’t matter much in our modern-day world, but this parable shows that it isn’t true.
God’s invitation from Him is not a light matter. We are accepting or rejecting this once-in-a-lifetime invite. Our answer matters. Our actions matter. Our dress matters.
What are you wearing?
Ephesians 4:20- 24 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Every morning we all wake up and get dressed for the day. Am I clothed in Humility?
1 Peter 5:5 and be clothed in humility…
I’m grateful for His mercies He has shown me for the moments when my character lacks, and actions don’t represent Him. Lamentations 3:22-23 says Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
You are invited. Do you accept? As we prepare now for His Kingdom, are there any garments that you are missing? Am I truly dressed and ready, or do I think I am?
Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Lord, I pray that my actions and words represent godliness in all I do. In my sinful human moments, help me to repent and seek you. Father, I know the Kingdom you have invited us to is bigger and better than anything the world has to offer. Help me each day to know this truth and share it with others. Amen