Jesus told a parable of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. However, at the appointed hour, all the invited guests made excuses and did not attend. So the king sent his servants into the streets and alleys to quickly bring in the poor, the disabled, and the blind so that there would be people present to enjoy the feast. (Matthew 22:1-14).
It is generally agreed that the wedding feast refers to the second coming of Christ, when he will come in his glory as the bridegroom to accept his bride, which is his Church. These are the last days before he comes again, so this parable has particular application to you and me.
All those individuals with wealth, power, and standing in society who naturally would be invited to this prestigious wedding could not be bothered, so the Lord’s servants anxiously gathered all the outcasts of society to enjoy the festivities. I am convinced that Jesus was not just referring to the temporally poor and physically disabled, but to the poor in heart and those who struggle with spiritual and emotional issues that handicap them. These are the individuals who are responding to God’s invitation to come unto Him and enjoy a feast beyond comprehension.
God has prepared a feast for each one of us that is more fulfilling and enjoyable than we can imagine. As we seek God by feasting on His Word, following the impressions He gives us to do what is right, and look for the good around us, He will fill us with His love, peace and joy and a great sense of belonging and well-being. We will gain greater perspective, and our understanding will increase. He will bless us with the companionship of His Spirit, and we will not feel alone. We will be filled with love and joy beyond measure.
The choice, however, is ours. His invitation has gone out to the whole world, including to you and me. God is quickly gathering in all the poor and outcasts to enjoy the feast that the nobles and persons of high position have rejected. Time is of the essence. The Lord’s second coming is getting closer, and as it approaches, the turmoil and destruction of society increases. Now is the day for us to choose before it is too late.
The scriptures admonish us to prepare, for the day of the Lord is at hand. (Zephaniah 1:7). How do we prepare? Do we store food and supplies and purchase insurance to mitigate the calamity of natural disasters? That is partially how we can prepare. However, the key to understanding this warning is found in two truths: 1) those who are prepared will not fear, and 2) love casts out fear. In order to be prepared to meet God, we need to come to Him so that He can fill us with His love to eliminate the fears that covertly control our lives.
His love will drive away the fear of rejection because we know that He will always be there for us. We will not worry about being valued because we feel His love and acceptance in spite of all our weaknesses. The fear of not being in control will evaporate as we realize God is all powerful, all loving, and all knowing, and He is in control. As God drives away our fears, He fills our emotional black holes with His infinite love, which heals our souls.
I invite you to come unto Christ and be made whole. Let him fill you with his love so you can enjoy an abundant life full of love, peace, joy, and belonging. Let Christ fill your emotional black holes so you will be free to reach your full potential, become more in touch with your feelings, and experience more intense emotions. Let God convert you into His son or daughter so you can become united with Him and inherit all that He has. If you have felt this love but like a sheep have gone astray, He beckons you to return to Him to find refreshment for your burdened soul.
God is real, and He is inviting each of us personally to come and enjoy a life full of love, peace, and happiness with Him and in fellowship with a community of believers. Come join the feast. You are invited just as you are. He knows all your imperfections, and He still wants you to come and enjoy the feast. He will heal your soul and cleanse your life if you will simply let Him. Turn to God and come unto Christ, and He will bless you with love and joy beyond measure.
I personally testify to the truth of these things, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.
My people hath been lost sheep. . . . [T]heir shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.