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Focus Verses: Matthew 22:8-10
8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.' 10 So
the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people
they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled
Kingdom of Heaven is like a wedding feast where everyone is invited.
The invitation is sent to palace dwellers and street people, to the
good and the bad alike. The invitation is not given on the basis of
merit or status; it springs from the king's heart to celebrate and honor
There are several ways to disrespect the
king's invitation. The first is to be too busy (Mt. 22:5) to accept
the invitation—to not consider the invitation important enough for
your time and attention. The second is to have utter contempt (Mt.
22:6) for the king and his invitation—to just rob and abuse his
messengers. The third disrespectful response is to accept the
invitation, but refuse to do what is expected (Mt. 22:11) of the
king's guests—refusing to wear the special white wedding clothes the
Response and Action:
want to accept God's invitation to celebrate and honor his son, Jesus.
I realize that I do not deserve to be invited to such a celebration; I
consider it an awesome privilege. Nothing in my life is more
important than my wholehearted response to this invitation. As I
accept the invitation to join in the Kingdom, I will also accept the
King's expectations for those he has welcomed. I want to be
transformed, to put on Christ, to be renewed and clothed in the
righteousness the King offers me.
You, O God, for inviting me to the party! Thank you for your gracious
invitation to everyone. Help me to celebrate and honor your son,
Jesus. By the power and grace of your Holy Spirit, clothe me in the
new garments of Christ's righteousness. Lead, teach, transform, shape,
and strengthen me, that I might delight in your will and walk in your
ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Revelation 19:6-9
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of
rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah!
For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and
give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has
made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) 9
Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited
to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' " And he added, "These are the
true words of God."
Kingdom of God Is a Party
by Tony Campolo