The Wedding of All Weddings
Formal Attire Required – Part 1
Scripture Reading: James 2:14-20
Key Verse: Matthew 22:11
But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding.
We come to a verse that causes some confusion on what its meaning is: “…a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding” (Matthew 22:11). Why did Jesus put this scenario in His parable about the Kingdom? Commentator John Gill suggests that it means Jesus sees a person claiming to be a part of the Kingdom but has no good deeds, or holiness in his life, or evidence of God’s Spirit in Him. In other words, Jesus is repeating the possibility of a person thinking all is well with their souls but hearing the awful words: “Not everyone who calls out to me, “Lord! Lord! Will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter” (Matthew 7:21).
When a person sincerely receives Jesus and humbly seeks forgiveness, God hears them and truly saves them from their sins. When that happens, a life is changed, and our activities change. We don’t feel any need to earn our salvation, but we want to serve the Kingdom as best we can. A person who has been truly changed will do the will of His Father in Heaven. We really don’t need to worry too much about whether we know how to do His will because God puts that in our hearts. Listen to the Apostle Paul’s words in the letter to the Philippian believers: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him” (Philippians 2:13). If you have never memorized one verse of the Bible, this one would be a good one to start with, in my opinion. God is faithful to do His part in helping us complete the purpose of our lives here on earth. We can relax and simply follow what is put in our hearts as we sincerely do our best to stay close to Jesus. We stay “close” by reading the Bible and praying daily. Jesus said: “Remain in me and I will remain in you…” (John 15).
Father, I will stay close as you do your work in me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.