Honor To The King of kings
“He said to him, ‘Friend, how dare you come in here looking like that!’ The man was speechless. Then the king told his servants, ‘Get him out of here—fast. Tie him up and ship him to hell. And make sure he doesn’t get back in.’ “That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Many get invited; only a few make it.’”
– Matthew 22:12-14 (MSG)
I want to draw your attention to something in this parable of the wedding celebration. Notice in Matthew’s account that Jesus takes the time to point out that a man shows up to the feast wearing the wrong garment.
It’s as if he shows up in cargo shorts and a Tommy Bahama shirt when he should have known better and worn a tux. And what happens? The king who’s throwing the party tells his servants to tie the guy up and toss him out.
Now, Jesus is not saying that if we don’t dress a certain way outwardly when we come to worship, He is going to throw us out. No.
Here’s the deal. In Jesus’ day, the host provided not only the food and festivities but also the garment for the guests to wear. (More like an Aso-Ebi Or Dress code)
For this man to show up and wear something else was an insult to the host. In other words, this man still showed up, but it was obvious that he thought very lightly of whom he was there to honor.
How does that apply to us? Pretty simple and it goes back to the issue of our heart.
Let’s not just go through the motions get cocky in our attitude towards God, His worship and His service.
We must remember who we are called to worship and celebrate. He is worthy of all honor and total surrender.
Dear Jesus, I accept the invitation to deepen my relationship with You in worship. Help me order my priorities to match Yours. Don’t let me get so distracted that I start to have the wrong attitude about worship. Instead, I choose to follow Your lead in my life, and I ask that you rekindle my love for You — your presence in a new way. In your precious name, I pray, Amen.