The Wedding of All Weddings
Formal Attire Required – Part 2
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.
As we continue from yesterday’s devotional, I want to refer to our suggested reading for these days, James 2. The book of James reminds us that faith without works is dead. That is a strong statement but must not be interpreted to mean that our salvation is earned by work. James is reminding us that true conversion results in work. Works are the fruit or evidence of what God has done by faith in our hearts.
Returning our thoughts to Jesus’ parable of the Kingdom, the story tells of a man who was found at the banquet without proper attire. In other words, those in the Kingdom will put on good deeds, which is the “proper attire” for Kingdom people. Most of the New Testament is about how to think, how to talk, and how to behave, as a Christ follower. The Apostle Paul talked about the proper attire when he wrote to the Colossian Christ followers: “Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe ourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12). We must clothe ourselves properly as we live out what God has done in our hearts.
To put on the proper attire, each day, does not mean we must pretend to be good Christians. God puts thoughts and desires in our hearts, we simply must follow through when God nudges. As the scriptures teach us, “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives” (Galatians 5:25). As you go through this day, be sensitive to the inner voice in your heart that whispers thoughts about what to say or do for others. Be careful to obey that voice; err on the side of caution when you are not sure it’s God’s voice. Sometimes we may do deeds that God wasn’t telling us to do, but that is better than disobedience to a nudge of God’s Spirit to our hearts.
Father, I will be listening, please use me today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.