The wedding banquet is a story Jesus used to illustrate what the Kingdom of God is like. It’s like a wedding banquet that a king throws for his son, except in this story the invited guests decide not to come. So the king orders the servants to find others to attend, good and bad. When the banquet hall is filled the king comes in, looks over the crowd, finds one guest not properly dressed and orders the guest thrown out. If this is what the kingdom of God is like does that mean that God really does care about our outward appearance? That doesn’t seem right, because the Bible also teaches that God looks at our heart, not our outward appearance.
While thinking over this passage and its implications about God, another verse came to mind; Colossians 3:12-14 “So chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline; and regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (The Message) Perhaps what the king saw was a guest without the most basic garment of love.
So when I got dressed this morning, did I put on a basic garment of love, did I add a layer of compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength and discipline? Did I even consider dressing in this wardrobe God has picked out for me?
Thank you for providing me with the wardrobe of your kingdom. May I never be without that most basic garment of love. And Lord, teach me how to wear compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, and discipline. In fact, you dress me today so that others may see a glimpse of your kingdom and join you at the banquet. Amen.
By Carol Ingram, Eads