WILL THE “REAL BELIEVERS” PLEASE STAND UP?

MATTHEW 22:11-14: “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

OBSERVATION: Will the “real believers” please stand up? When you read the parables of Jesus, especially the parables of the Kingdom, it becomes very clear – there is both a visible and invisible kingdom. There is what we can see with our human eye, and there is what God sees as He discerns the thoughts and intents of man’s heart. In reality, many are called, but few are chosen. What we see is not the final reality.

So how do we deal with this truth? The parable of the wedding feast seems to have more to do with how those who rejected the invitation than those who accepted it. Yet, one thing remained constant until the final celebration – the king continued to send out his invitation to all who could hear, until the wedding feast was full. Verse 10 says – “And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.”

Note that the servants did not “qualify” the guests. They extended the invitation to all they found, both bad and good. Their call was to extend the invitation, not to preside in judgment over the worth of the guest. I think we need to ponder on this truth for a moment. Have we reversed our role with God’s? Have we taken on the role of judge rather than herald? Have we begun to decide who is worthy to come to the marriage supper rather than extending His invitation to all?

It is only God who can judge the thoughts and intents of man’s heart. And rest assured, each man and woman will have a day of reckoning. We cannot fool the Lord. If we are found without the wedding garment, the righteousness of Christ that comes only through faith, we will be cast into outer darkness. There is no other garment that makes us acceptable in His sight. The true wedding garment is the inner garment of the heart. Every one who wears this garment has received it by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ – and has been CHOSEN! Many are called, but few are chosen!

Our call is simply this – to give His call to all who will hear. Our job is not completed, nor does it change, until the final trump sounds and the doors to the marriage supper are closed. It is the Lord Jesus Christ that will separate the wheat from the tares. He alone is our Righteous Judge.

Lord, give me a heart of compassion for the lost. Help me to extend, with equal worth, You great invitation to all who have ears to hear. May the echo of the invitation to salvation be heard without prejudice and without judgment until You return. In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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