We’ve all heard the phrase “Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want”.
In Matthew Jesus tells the story of king who had prepared a wedding feast for his son. But, when he had sent out his slaves to summon the invited guest , they refused to attend. The king sent out more slaves to entice the guests. “The king has prepared the banquet, he has slaughtered the bulls and fattened cattle, come to the feast” they said. But still the invited guests refused.
Eventually, the King sent the slaves to the street corners to gather and invite as many people as they could find to the feast he had prepared. They invited the bad along with the good, and soon the wedding hall was filled with guests. However, when the King came in he saw a man who wasn’t dressed for the wedding. He asked him, “Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?” Then man was speechless and the King had his servants remove him from the feast.
At first glance it seems the King was harsh. He had invited people in off the streets, yet was frustrated when they arrived not properly dressed for the wedding feast. Clearly they didn’t have time to prepare. Most likely they couldn’t afford the proper attire even if they had the time. How could the King be so unkind? But, we see that the other guests had the proper attire and they had been in the same situation. Did they already own wedding attire? How did they prepare so quickly?
Often times Kings would throw banquets for their subjects and all were welcome despite their status. When this happened, usually the King wold provide suitable clothing for those who weren’t able to afford it themselves. Thus, those who showed up without the proper attire, that had been provided by the King, were without excuse.
Revelation 19:6-9 says
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
We have been invited to the greatest of all banquets, and we have been given clothes that we neither deserve or can afford. But according to the Scriptures it isn’t enough just to accept the garments, we must put them on. We must make ourselves ready. We must wear the righteous acts of God’s holy people, provided by Him, if we are to be admitted into the celebration.
I’d like to change the old saying to “Don’t dress for the world you live in, dress for the world you want .”
What are you wearing today?