Have you ever invited someone to your party and seen the look in their eyes as they tried to come up with an excuse not to come? How did it feel? Well, don’t feel too bad. Even God has had that (and worse, as you’re about to read) happen to Him. Yesterday we looked at a parable that Jesus told to the chief priests and Pharisees. He tells them this one next. How is the message similar? What does it mean for your life? Don’t forget to think of a statement about His kingdom with which to replace your worry thoughts today.
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king, who gave a wedding feast for his son. And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.'”
“But they paid no attention and went on their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. But the king was enraged and sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and set their city on fire. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’ And those slaves went out into the streets, and gathered together all they found, both evil and good, and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests. But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw there a man not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes? And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Matthew 22: 2-14
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the original paperback version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.