Imagine receiving a personal invitation to a royal wedding, all expenses paid, everything covered.
How would you regard that invitation? What kind of preparations would you make? What kind of arrangements would you need in order not to miss such a momentous event? Would you care? Would you have better things to do? Are you unimpressed? Jesus left us a parable regarding this very thing, and it would seem that life and people haven’t changed.
He went on to say that our invitation to the Kingdom of God is like a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son and sent messengers to call those that were invited, but they were unwilling to come. They each asked to be excused for various, yet seemingly practical reasons. Apparently they were all too busy and preoccupied to break their life’s pace to be bothered with the inconvenience of making the preparations needed to attend the king’s son’s wedding feast.
What about us today? Each one of us has been issued an invitation into the Kingdom of God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And that invitation came at an unimaginable price. Jesus paid for it with His blood on the cross. Dear friends, we will not simply waltz into His Heavenly Kingdom because we think we are basically good people and we deserve it. How presumptuous is it to assume that we can take lightly the sacrifice of the Son of God and then expect that the invitation is still open to us? All the cares and concerns of life, valid as they may be, should not overshadow our need to get right with God by having our sins forgiven through faith in the sacrifice of His Son.
Therefore, as the writer of Hebrews expressed, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, an let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
So let us take the invitation of God seriously and not miss the narrow gate to His Heavenly Kingdom through which we all are invited.