Matthew 22- Are you ready and dressed ?

Good morning y’all. Today we are studying Matthew 22.

Today’s blog will focus on verse 1- 14.

Be blessed 🙂

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“The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son.  When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come! “So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’  But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business.  Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them. “The king was furious, and he sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town”. (Matthew 22:2-7 NLT)

In the parable, the invitation was sent to a selected group of people but those select were too busy to attend (verse 3). They kept on giving excuses (verse 4-6). I would like to pause here for us to examine ourselves and see how we are fairing in this aspect. Are there things that Jesus has called us to? Have we made ourselves available or like the guests in the parable, we are giving excuses because there are other things that demand our attention, which we deem more important than God’s call?

As I kept on reading, it occurred to me that if I continue in my current pattern of always making excuses, I will soon be replaced by someone else! God will look for someone else who is ready to do the job. This is exactly what happened in the parable. The selected refused and the king extended the invite to everyone else including the good and bad.

“And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor.  Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’  So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests”. (Matthew 22:8-10 NLT)

Those select few missed out on Gods best for them. What was meant for them was eventually passed on to others. I pray we won’t be replaced by another in Gods kingdom, just because we are too busy to create time for God.

Reading on, I was struck by verse 11 and 12 where the king noticed one of the men who wasn’t dressed appropriately for the occasion. 

“But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding.  ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 22:11-13 NLT)

I thought to myself that’s unfair, seeing as the man didn’t know he was going to be attending a wedding that day. Then I felt God telling me that’s not good enough! We are to be ready in season and out of season. We can’t choose which days we are on fire for God and other days where we just don’t care. We shouldn’t be christians who are only available for God on Sundays and every other day is out of bounds for Him. Christ could come back any moment and we can’t get away with the excuse of I wasn’t ready or wasn’t expecting You yet. This is one of the reasons why it is very important we get our priorities right and live our lives in agreement with Gods word/instructions.

The key thing in verse 11 and 12 was the clothing. In the CEV version verse 12 says

“The king asked, “Friend, why didn’t you wear proper clothes for the wedding?” But the guest had no excuse”. (Matthew 22:12 CEVUS06)

The man had no excuse! I had to ask a myself what am I clothed in?

Some of us pay so much attention to our physical dressing everyday that we forget that our soul and spirit also need to be dressed. Infact they are the most important because if our inside is well dressed then it will reflect on our outward appearance. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying it’s not good to look your best but we shouldn’t put all our effort on just that, most of our effort should go to dressing up or soul and spirit.

Colossians 3:12-14 tells us what we should be dressed in everyday; not just on sundays, but every single day.

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it”. (MSG).

Jesus ends by saying many are called but few are chosen.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14 NLT)

I want to be part of the chosen. What about you? Are you ready and dressed?

Prayer:
Dear Lord we thank You for today. We thank You for your word. We ask for forgiveness for the times we have ignored your call. Pls give us the grace to always give You first place in our lives. Help us to be ready at all times and dress with the garments You’ve picked out for us. Thank You Lord. In Jesus Name we prayed. Amen.

Thanks for joining today. I believe you have been blessed 🙂

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Have a blessed day enjoying God’s presence 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

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One thought on “Matthew 22- Are you ready and dressed ?

  1. I’ve also asked myself this question after reading this parable: ‘Is the invitation not referring to a call to salvation through Jesus?’

    And if so, then it’s an invitation to be saved and consecrated for God’s use, but people rather procrastinate or give excuses.

    In the part about the ejected guest, I believe that we should know that it’s not just enough to come to God because we’ve been called, but come clothed right. That is, clothed in righteousness. We should remember that God is holy and so those who want to abide in His presence must be holy; and the only way to get the right garment is to go through Jesus, His Son.

    It is the righteousness of Jesus that covers us. Jesus is also the Door through which we can get into the Kingdom (John 10:9).

    Jesus told this parable to the hearing of the Israelites: the people God first chose.

    This parable was later fulfilled through the lives of the apostles who went about preaching and converting the apostles.

    And in the Book of Romans (chapter 11), Paul warns the Gentiles not to take their call to salvation for granted because, if the unbelief of the Jews led to the saving of the Gentiles, the Gentiles must live holy, for God would not spare anyone that comes to Him without reverence for His presence.

    Therefore, that guest (likened to a Gentile) was thrown out because He didn’t revere the presence of the King well enough to come in acceptably adorned.

    May God help us all not to take His presence for granted; or disregard His will for us as vessels meant solely to give Him honour, in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

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