Friday, March 07, 2008

Proper Attire

For many are invited, but few are chosen. ~ Matthew 22:14

Did you know there is a wedding banquet underway? It’s huge and the groom’s Father is generous with invitations.

Reading through Matthew 22:1-14 this morning I was drawn to verses 10-11, and 13:

“So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

“Both good and bad” were in attendance. Yet only the one without “wedding clothes” was thrown out.

My own goodness is looking a bit shabby these days. Of course, it is always shabby compared to God’s righteousness. But in times like these when my shabbiness is so easily visible to those closest to me, I’m even more thankful for the peace that comes from being covered by the righteousness of Christ.

God welcomes us just as we are when we are willing to put on the righteousness that comes only through faith in Jesus Christ.

Are you wearing your own “goodness” to the wedding banquet? If so, you might want to change clothes.

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~ Jesus 

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