Dress Up!

Monday, June 6, 2005

Matthew 22:1-2 – And Jesus answered and spoke to them again in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king, who gave a wedding feast for his son." (NASB)

Our son's wedding was a very enjoyable day. We were all relaxed — all except the bride, who had those "I'm-the-centre-of-attention jitters". The bride had nothing to worry about; she was beautiful, and all went well!

As mother of the groom, I purchased a new outfit, shoes, and purse to match. My husband rented a tuxedo, and since our daughter was part of the wedding party, she also had a new outfit for the occasion. Normal everyday clothes were not appropriate.

Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to a wedding. While we all expect to be invited simply because we have a personal relationship with Jesus, are we making the effort to put on the appropriate clothing? To be in the King's presence would call for nothing less than the clean robe of obedience. We are to put on the robe of obedience by learning to hear and recognize God's voice, and then obeying. Let's not make our own plans and then ask Him to bless them.

James 4:17 – Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (NASB)

Prayer: Lord, make us aware of how we walk with You. Help us to be ever mindful of a lax attitude in daily living. Show us where we need to repent. Thank You for the invitation to the wedding. We accept! Now, Lord, help us to choose the right outfit: one of holiness, purity, and obedience to You. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Heather Sutton
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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