For many are called, but few are chosen. – Matt 22:14
This verse comes at the end of the parable about the wedding banquet. In the parable, many have been invited but they have chosen to ignore the invitation. Then as the others are called one comes in and assumes he can just come in whatever way he wants and will be accepted in his sinfulness. However, what they find is that God doesn’t need them, but wants them. Therefore, we must listen to the invitation and come with a heart ready to change.
God invites all people to the feast; He invites all to salvation through Jesus Christ. However, just like in the story, if we think we can just ignore this invitation for as long as it suits us and not have consequence, then we are wrong. There will come a time when the invite no longer comes, when Jesus refuses to call on us any longer.
We cannot just go about life thinking, well I am a good person. When I have time or when its convenient I will answer the call. Or perhaps, I am a good person, God will let me into heaven anyway. No, here in this parable it is adamant that the feast is ready, and the Lord is calling, so we must answer the call before it is too late.
Even those who answer the call, must come with a humble heart ready to celebrate Christ. At the end of the parable, a man comes in but does not have wedding attire on and is thrown out. This was a man who come into the banquet with arrogance and without proper thought. Thinking I can come as I please because He needs me here. However, he is thrown out into the cold and misses out on the celebration.
Is this about appearance, no, it is about how we approach salvation and the throne of mercy. We must come humbly before the throne of God, not assuming I will never have to change, but coming ready for the change. Coming before God in full knowledge that I need Him, and He wants me, but does not need me. This humility will garner change in my heart and will grow me closer to Him.
This parable was not about the man’s appearance but his response to the invitation. He did not come in humbly, but with pride and arrogance before the king. So, today I will not be prideful or arrogant before my King. I will listen to the call and respond with a heart of love and compassion. I will understand that God doesn’t need me but loves me enough to want me. I will respond with a heart that is grateful for the call into His celebration.