When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, “Give your place to this person,” and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.
It would be a strange thing to be at a wedding and yet be focused on what seat we’re going to get. There is no mention in this parable that there aren’t enough seats. Everyone is going to get a seat; everyone has a place at the table. In our search for worth and identity, it’s so easy to forget four things: first, we’ve been invited; second, there is a seat for us; third, we are not the only ones invited; and fourth, we might not be the most important person there.
We can rest in the fact that there is no debate in this story that Jesus tells about whether you will be invited. He says “When you are invited.” So you are invited. Think about that. You are invited to this wedding feast—or another interpretation calls it an agape feast. It’s a party designed for humans to experience the one-way love of God. You have been included. Your name is on the invitation list. You just need to say yes and RSVP with faith.
There is something so special about getting ready for a wedding—expectation, excitement and anticipation. There’s preparing your outfit, seeing your friends, the food, the conversation, the dance floor, and—the most important part—the bride and groom.
We have been invited to the wedding of all eternity. Our names are on the list.
We should live everyday with this kind of anticipation, knowing we have a seat. It would be a shame to live life wrangling for power and position when we have already been included—we already have seat. Living humbly is living with a heart to include others in the love of Christ. When we know we have seat, no matter what seat it is, we are set free to invite others. This wedding is for everyone, and there are seats that are still available. But if we are only worried about what seat we are going to get, we will miss the joy of this party; we will miss the focal point of the feast.
Make a decision today to live differently, knowing you have already been honored with a seat at the greatest event of all eternity. You made the list. Will you include others to the table today?
// Pastor Josh Kelsey