Daily D – Matthew 22:12
Matthew 22:12 “He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.” (NIV)
It’s never a good idea to respond to radical generosity with careless disregard.
Take a look at this parable in verses 1-14. Guests invited to a wedding banquet for the king’s son find other things they would rather do. The king extends a broadened invitation even to the kinds of people you and I would most certainly not invite to our children’s wedding. The place was packed (verse 10).
One guest, however, chose not to dress up. Imagine someone in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops showing up at the most important event of his, or any other, lifetime. He did not honor the one who invited him. He did not honor the happy couple. He did not honor the other guests. Like those who were too busy with other things (verses 3, 5 and 6), this man could not be bothered to put on a jacket and brush his hair.
It appears he thought he was the most important person in the room.
Some of the wisest words you have ever heard say, “If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.” This is generally true. If you are a teacher in a roomful of first graders, then it’s okay to be the smartest person in the room. In fact, it is expected.
There are some who esteem themselves as the Most Important Persons (MIP) in the room. We live in a time where there are more people alive than ever who think they are the MIP in the room. Unfortunately, these MIPs all too often find it easy to treat others with contempt. They would wear what they want to your party and insist you get over it because of the high honor of their presence at your meager gathering.
This is bad form. If you want to receive great respect, give great respect. If you want people to adore you, adore people. See Matthew 7:12 for one of the all-time greatest instructions about how to relate to others. It goes right along with what Jesus says in Matthew 22:37-40 a few verses below this story about the king’s son’s wedding.
How MIPish are you? Our Father in heaven wants you to come and celebrate Jesus. He wants you to attend the Party to End All Parties, the true Party for the Ages. He is reaching out with grace and love. How will you respond to his invitation?
Hint: Don’t be like the t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flop guy above.
I will joyfully receive God’s invitation and happily attend the party of the ages.
Our Father, in your kindness and graciousness, you have invited me to the Party to End All Parties. I gladly accept your invitation. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.