Topic: The Great Invitation
Opening Prayer: As I read through this passage dear Lord, let your word bring transformation to my life.
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
• Is there any promise for me to believe or hope for?
• What is God revealing to me in this passage?
Imagine the President of your country inviting you as a guest at the wedding of his/her daughter. How would you feel? Very important? Imagine, you and all other VIP invitees failing, at the eleventh hour, to honour the invitation, each giving one excuse or the other. How appropriate are the excuses the invitees gave in v.5. Some even mistreated and killed the servants the king sent to them. What an embarrassment and insult to the President and the entire nation. Sabotage! God, the King of kings, has prepared not just an evening banquet but an eternal home for us. It is completely free, Christ having paid the price with His blood.
Sadly, many, like the invited guests to this banquet, continue to reject the Great Invitation. Thank God that the invitation is still open (Revelation 3:20). But we need to get our priorities right to give the correct response. We all must heed the warning in vs.11-13. The wedding garment probably signifies the “robe of righteousness” which Christ places on those whose sins have been forgiven having trusted in His death to atone for their sins (see Revelation 7:14-15). It is necessary for each one to identify the obstacles to our commitment to the Lord and ask him for wisdom to prioritize our commitments.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Thank God for His salvation that is so rich and completely free.
• Praise God for who He is – the King of kings, Almighty, Holy and Righteous, all Powerful, Unchangeable, Kind and Merciful beyond measure, beautiful for every situation.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalm 107:19-21;Psalms 66-67; Acts 23:16-35
Scripture Union Daily Guide 4th August 2021. Scripture Union is an international, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God