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  • Writer's pictureCaitlyn Crissone

The Invitation

I read of a rather wealthy lady who was throwing a very elegant and elaborate party. She spent countless hours planning and plotting each and every detail. She went and bought all sorts of decorations- balloons, flowers, gifts, table peices and garlands. She purchasd a feast of foods from salmon to finger sandwiches.

She got rather carried away, and it cost her nearly all she had for the party to begin.

But, before the party festivities could begin, she had to send out all her invitations- because if she did not, no one would know of her special party, and no one would even come.

So, after her cards were sent, she waited patiently for her guests to RSVP (which means, please respond).

In Matthew's Gospel, chapter 22, we read the parable of the Wedding Feast:

'And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

"The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 For many are called, but few are chosen."'

As Christians, we need to send out 'Invitations'.

But this party we invite them to join, is the grandest party of all- in Heaven. And the Host is our Heavely Father, and he longs to have us all as guests.

We need to invite as many people to Heaven as we can. It takes time, but there is truly no better way to spend our lives than to win souls to the Lord.

But, ultimatley, all we can do is send the 'Invitation' and let the Holy Spirit do the rest- and allow the people to respond or "RSVP".

And I confess, I have not sent nearly as many 'invites' as I should.

What about you?

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