I have a closet full of clothes, most of which I bought myself. However, there are some items that were given as gifts. Giving clothing as a gift is a huge risk because you never know if the person is going to like the item. If the person doesn’t like the item they are probably not going to wear it. God has given each of us a gift, not of clothes but the gift of God’s Word. Every day we are invited to wear this gift of God’s Word on our hearts like a wedding garment. One day when all the invitations to the wedding banquet (Matthew 22:1-14) have gone out, we will be wearing our gift and arrive fully prepared and clothed with the garments of God’s Word reflected by our love, righteousness, peace, and justice, for one another and faithfully chosen to sit at the celebration table.
…many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:1-14 After all it was last minute! Nevertheless, to be called to a wedding feast is a privilege and a blessing, definitely something to be excited about. While it’s easy to spend time on the gentleman who was thrown out, I think the parable is more about God’s desire to be in relationship with his people and the wedding feast symbolizes his everlasting commitment to that relationship. One might say that the first group got the formal written invitation while the second group just got a phone call. It doesn’t matter. The one who has hope in such a blessing will always be prepared to go.