Then he said to his servants, “The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.”
But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, “How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?” The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, “Tie him hand and foot and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matt 22:8-9 & 11-13
Jesus came first to the Jew and then to the Gentile. He chose the nation of Israel to be His people, but they turned from God and His way. They ignored the Savior Jesus and they went about their broken ways. But even as the Gentiles were invited in, not all that come and say Lord will be saved. You have to know the Savior, not just proclaim His name.
We cannot enter into eternity on the shirt tails of others. Just because Israel was chosen doesn’t mean that they couldn’t do wrong. They hung Jesus on the cross, which had to happen, but they did so without realizing who He was. We must come to Christ on our own terms and establish our own relationship with Him.
Just because you grew up in Church and you got into the water because someone told you to, doesn’t necessarily mean you know the Lord. Only when you have made your own decision without coercion or without any reservation, knowing full well what it means, do you come truly to God. When you do, you have eternal security, but if you do not, you don’t.
The man who was thrown out of the banquet was invited, but he did not come to want to know the Lord. He did not come respectfully (he did not wear wedding clothes) or with any appreciation for the bridegroom. Instead He came with selfishness in his heart seeing what he could get out of the situation.
Today, as you reflect upon the Lord, ask yourself, “Why am I in this relationship, why have I come to the bridegroom?” We must be ready and fully comprehending His love for us. In the end it isn’t about me or what I can get out of this relationship, it is about God and how I can celebrate in His victor over death and sin. It is about the great length He went to so that I can even be in the relationship with Him. It is all about Him and not about me!
I don’t want anyone to walk away wringing their hands about their salvation, but we should take a good hard look at the relationship between ourselves and the Savior. Is it about me and what I get out of the relationship or is it about Him and what I can do to serve in the relationship. The blessings come through obedience to His way and His Truth. So, I must make my focus Jesus and not me, what He wants me to do and not what I get out of the relationship. When I can do that, then I will receive the true blessings of the Lord; in obedience I find peace, love and contentment for my life.