Day 42: Wedding Invites for All!

My wife works for an architecture firm, and each Christmas we’re invited to a fundraising dinner for one of her firm’s top clients. Among the impeccably-dressed diners are religious visionaries, company CEOs, and people who have more money than I would even know what to do with.

And then there’s me.

While I feel blessed to attend these fancy events, I can’t help but recognize how much I don’t belong. The other attendees are worthy of this honor; they’re brilliant, rich, and successful. Then there’s me, present by association and very different from the rest of the crowd.

This brings us back to Jesus’ parable we’ve been studying the past few days in Matthew 22. In this story, a king invited people to a glorious wedding banquet for his son. But the invitees declined, and some even tortured the servants who delivered the invitation.

So the king opened the wedding up to all: “The wedding banquet is ready,” he told his servants in Matthew 22:8-9. “But those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.”

This is the perfect depiction of grace.

See, you and I are the lowly people on the street corner. Because of our sin, we shouldn’t receive an invitation to Heaven. We have no claim on the King; we should be the furthest thing from His mind.

And yet He gladly accepts everyone! Anyone who acknowledges Christ’s love and sacrifice garners this unearned invitation. Look at the story’s conclusion: “So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

God doesn’t care if you classify yourself as good or bad. Your moral state doesn’t matter.

All that matters is His invitation. He’s extending His arms with an open heart, calling you to come into His house, sit at His table, eat His food, and celebrate His Son.

He doesn’t care that you don’t deserve to be there. His grace matters, not your opinion of yourself. All God wants is your heart; He wants your “yes.”

So how will you respond to His invitation?