Our choice of spiritual clothing determines if we will be invited to the most important wedding of all time.
I recently attended a beautiful wedding. Everything about it was lovely, including the attire of those who were attending. Men were decked out in suits or shirts and ties; ladies fluttered in dresses of every color and design. It was evident that all who attended had put a little extra gloss on their usual wear because this was a special occasion. Our clothing—and our attitudes—reflected our understanding that this was something that doesn’t happen every day.
I was thinking of this when I read Matthew 22:11-14: “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
As Christians, we have been called to clothe ourselves carefully. The clothing that Christ is concerned about is not our physical clothing, but rather our spiritual clothing. He who clothes the lilies of the field will clothe our bodies (Matthew 6:28-30). If we plan to attend the grandest wedding that will ever occur (Revelation 19:7), we must take note of the invitation and dress accordingly.
The clothing God wants us to put on
How does one dress for the marriage supper of the Lamb? How should the bride of Christ array herself? Revelation 19:6-8 says, “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the LORD God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”
Here we have a big hint: the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. And in Colossians 3:12-14, we can read further instructions as to how we ought to dress: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (New International Version, emphasis added).
When I dressed to attend the wedding, I checked my outfit carefully, applying all of my knowledge of special occasions, etiquette and the expectations of my friend, the bride. As Christians, we should be checking our spiritual outfits every day. Are we busy arraying ourselves in fine linen? Are we putting on the qualities of Christ? When that wedding comes, will our clothing be adequate?