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Our Choice

 

Most of this day will be just me and You, Father. Enable me to be productive in writing and in preparation for worship Sunday. Guide my thoughts, spur me to action in the directions You would have me go. Amen.

Matthew 22:1-14 (<<click to read the passage)

Lord, what a poignant story! It is very strong and to the point because it is dealing with a very serious matter. Many would like to avoid it all together but we all realize that our days are numbered. Not a single one of us will avoid standing before You on the final day of judgment. It is extremely sobering…

Every person to ever come into existence on this planet has received an invitation to the “great wedding feast”, that is eternity spent with You. You have set everything into place with Your coming, in person, to live amongst us. You loved us. You taught us. You sacrificially gave Your life for us so that we might have the opportunity to join You and the Father for “the banquet”.

But so many have “refused to come”! In their audacious pride, they have rudely declined the invitation of their Creator! And instead of eternal life – abundant and free – eternal death will be their sentence… And they will have no one to blame but themselves. Each and every one has made their own personal choice, regardless of circumstances.

But what about the “guest” “without wedding clothes”? He too was bound and thrown “into the outer darkness” – eternal life is forfeit, an eternal death sentence is pronounced.

Who was this “guest” and what does Your proclamation, “For many are called, but few are chosen” (v.14) mean?

In seeking some insight myself, I looked at several study Bibles available to me on biblegateway.com. One, in particular, the MacArthur Study Bible helped me to get a better grasp on this passage.

First of all, this guest was not a “party crasher”. Everyone there had been rounded up from “the street corners” and I don’t know about you but on most days I am definitely not dressed for a wedding banquet! So the king would have provided proper attire for all in attendance. So whoever this guy was he had to have purposely rejected the king’s gift – again a conscious decision, a deliberate act on his part. And here’s the quote that helps verse 14 make a little more sense.

“The imagery seems to represent those who identify with the kingdom externally, profess to be Christians, belong to the church in a visible sense – yet spurn the garment of righteousness Christ offers by seeking to establish a righteousness of their own”

Christ is the only means of entrance to the “great wedding feast” – our eternal life with Him. Isaiah 64:6 says,

We are all infected and impure with sin.
    When we display our righteous deeds,
they are nothing but filthy rags.

Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall,
    and our sins sweep us away like the wind.
NLT (Emphasis mine)

So…it is our choice and ours alone. What is your choice?

Sept 13th, 2018, Thurs, 8:37 am

Void in My Heart

Wonderful thoughts with which to begin, Father

Blessed Lord Jesus,
No human mind could conceive or invent the gospel.
Acting in eternal grace, thou are both its messenger and its message,
    lived out on earth through infinite compassion,
    applying thy life to insult, injury, death,
        that I might be redeemed, ransomed, freed.
Blessed be thou, O Father, for contriving this way,
Eternal thanks to thee, O Lamb of God, for opening this way,
Praise everlasting to the Holy Spirit,
    for applying this way to my heart. – The Valley of Vision

In and of myself I have nothing – absolutely nothing – by which I can bring glory to myself. As Your word says, Lord, “When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.” Isaiah 64:6

The good that is in me comes from You, Lord. You made us with a cavity that we are driven to fill. We live our lives attempting to fill it with an assortment of things but all to our dismay…for nothing brings us true, lasting satisfaction – that is nothing but You.

That is why it is called the gospel – it is the good news! That cavity within that void in my heart can be filled…but only with You. Father, You “contrived this way,” Jesus, You “opened this way” and Holy Spirit, You “applied this way to my heart.” The hunt for fulfillment is over! My wandering days are over!

    “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15

Sept 3rd, Sat, 5:14 am

Washed Away!

Thank You, Father for such a good night’s sleep! I was only up once and You let me sleep in a little, too. I am truly grateful for Your love and watch care over me…

Titus 3:4-8 (<<click here)

Lord, we have all been enslaved to the things of this world…and there was absolutely nothing we could do about it. And then we get the first word in verse 4 – “But…”!

Because of You and You alone our slavery to sin is a thing of the past! You Our Savior” in “kindness and love… saved us”! And we weren’t saved because of our own righteousness – for our “righteous deeds…are nothing but filthy rags.” Isaiah 64:6 Nope! Our salvation is because of Your mercy and You have “washed away our sins”! We are declared righteous because You say so – because You paid the price for our sin. You are worthy of all praise and honor – we who were hopeless are not filled with hope!

As the old hymn goes,

“He took my sins away,
He took my sins away,
And keeps me singing every day!
I’m so glad He took my sins away,
He took my sins away.”

Thank You, Lord!

Feb 3rd, Wed, 6:53 am