“Say Yes to The Dress!” An Invitation Spurned

I’ve always been intrigued by the parable of  Wedding Feast in Matthew 22.  I am curious about why that man refused to wear the wedding garment provided for all the specially invited guests. What is it about people that would make them think they can reject God’s kindness and then expect Him to be more kind?  The invitation and the wedding garment were a gift graciously given.  Refusal to wear the garment was a slap in the face to the one who gave the feast, the garment and the invitation.

The one who gave the feast throws that man out.  This leaves little room for speculation.  Those who refuse God’s grace by trying to “have it their way” will have no grace.  This pretty much is the epitome of high handed sin.  I don’t want to be like this man.

There are so many similarities in this parable to today.  I think about how people try to rewrite God’s commands to fit their own personal tastes and basically demand that God accept them in their rebellion. I also think about how many will taunt the obedient for being legalistic and unkind for pointing out God’s specific commands.

Let’s be very careful to come prepared to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).  Let us be mindful of the goodness and mercy of God for even including us on the guest list.  And certainly let us not be so ill mannered as to demand that God change the party to fit our selfish desires.

Lord, please give me a heart that is aware of your grace and your sternness (Romans 11:22).  Help me to follow your will so I won’t be cast out of your wedding feast.  Through Jesus I ask these things.

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