July 31, 2014

matthew22-14

Matthew 22:1-14

In this parable of the wedding banquet, we have a feast of God’s abundance. However, the original guests will not come, too busy with their everyday lives to accept the King’s hospitality. Some even kill his slaves when they come to “drag them” to the feast. So the king sends his army to destroy the invited guests. He gathers in others from the streets who will accept his invitation to receive his blessings and celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb, God’s Son.

We sometimes become too involved in our daily lives. In a nation where we are so blessed that we often do not thank the One who supplies out of his abundance, thinking our own hard work has gotten us these things. But even if we have believed and received the message of God’s love in Christ, have we put on Christ, clothed ourselves in his righteousness and humility? Or have we continued in our old ways, living in our cheap grace? The man who is thrown out of the banquet did not come properly dressed in the righteousness of Christ. He refused to conform his life to the Gospel. (Rom 12:2)

Many are called, but few are chosen.

Prayer: Gracious Father, put in us a desire to be conformed to the image of your Son, our Savior and Lord, so we may enjoy your wedding banquet. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner,
Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.

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