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Weddings seem to be all around me at the moment. My eldest daughter is now engaged and planning her wedding in the next 12 months and so we are in the middle of much excitement and preparation. Weddings do take considerable planning involving many details like the choice of flowers, the selection of foods to be served and the wine or beverages offered, whether there will be a theme, how many bridesmaids and the color of their clothing and where and when to have the big day. The bride’s outfit is carefully planned down to the very last detail including the veil and whether she will wear a tiara to feel and look like a special princess when she eventually weds the man of her dreams, the one she has chosen to give her life to.

When receiving a wedding invitation I know that the first thing I do is check my calendar to ensure I am free. Weddings are such a happy time where all invited can gather to share the joy of the occasion and I certainly do not want to miss out on these celebrations.  If I have a prior engagement, I reschedule immediately to clear that spot on my calendar.  But what can be done if we receive a wedding invitation like this one?

A Wedding Invitation

HOST: God our Almighty Father (Matthew 22:2 Matthew 22:2The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
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GROOM: Jesus Christ, Son of the Most High God (Revelation 19:7 Revelation 19:7Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready.
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, Isaiah 54:5 Isaiah 54:5For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
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, 2 Corinthians 11:2 2 Corinthians 11:2For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
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BRIDE: You who have been called, chosen and faithful (Revelation 17:14 Revelation 17:14These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
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, Revelation 21:9 Revelation 21:9And there came to me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
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WHEN: At any time on a day only known to God the Father (Matthew 24:36 Matthew 24:36But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
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WHERE: With the returning Christ (Luke 13:29 Luke 13:29And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
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DRESS: Your finest garment of pure white linen (Revelation 19:8 Revelation 19:8And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
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, Matthew 22:11-12 Matthew 22:11-12 [11] And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: [12] And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
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THEME: Holy rejoicing (Psalms 144:15 Psalms 144:15Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yes, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
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; Psalms 146:5 Psalms 146:5Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
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; Psalms 5:11 Psalms 5:11But let all those that put their trust in you rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them: let them also that love your name be joyful in you.
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FOOD: A full banquet will be served (Revelation 19:9 Revelation 19:9And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true sayings of God.
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, Job 38:7 Job 38:7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
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DRINKS: The finest wine known to man (Luke 22:18 Luke 22:18For I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
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MUSIC: Suitable for Kings, Priests, and angels alike.

GIFTS: No gifts will be needed as the Groom and Host will have already distributed some to each invited guest to be shared! (Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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; Romans 6:23 Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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; Romans 12:6 Romans 12:6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
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; Ephesians 2:8 Ephesians 2:8For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
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; Ephesians 4:7 Ephesians 4:7But to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
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, Ephesians 4:12 Ephesians 4:12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
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RSVP: Communicate directly with your Host through daily heartfelt prayer. Your Host lovingly reminds you to be ready at any time by preparing now for this event (Matthew 24:44 Matthew 24:44Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes.
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. Each day will require careful, diligent preparation.

Preparation for the wedding

We all want to be there. We all want to receive everlasting life. So how do we ensure not one day is wasted?  We prepare every day. We pray to God and let Him know we seek to be there at this wedding feast He has planned. We ask Him to guide us each and every day to stay in the center of the narrow path by way of the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14 Matthew 7:13-14 [13] Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: [14] Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.
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) and to do all things through Him and to correct us when we lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6 Proverbs 3:5-6 [5] Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. [6] In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
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The time is at hand to be ready and alert to our own spiritual state (Revelation 1:3 Revelation 1:3Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
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). Watch your thoughts, your words, and your actions in every way. Watching external events is important but watching your own spiritual state is incredibly vital in order to understand what must be done in this preparation phase.  Are we awake or asleep? Are we switched on, ready to produce the fruit of His spirit? (Galatians 5:22-23 Galatians 5:22-23 [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
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). Or are we plugged in but waiting for someone else to come along and motivate us in order to move us into action?  Or have we allowed others to diminish our motivation? Only you, the reader, know which category you fit into.

In Revelation 3:14-22 Revelation 3:14-22 [14] And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; [15] I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot. [16] So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. [17] Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: [18] I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. [19] As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. [20] Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. [21] To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. [22] He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches.
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, God admonishes all those who are lukewarm, who are asleep, who have drifted off into a state of dangerous reliance on self, to wake up to themselves by working to obtain white garments from Him so that we each can recognize our own poor, wretched state. Those who remain in this state will not be able to attend the wedding feast.

We know from the parable found in Luke 14:15-24 Luke 14:15-24 [15] And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said to him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. [16] Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: [17] And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. [18] And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said to him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray you have me excused. [19] And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray you have me excused. [20] And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. [21] So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. [22] And the servant said, Lord, it is done as you have commanded, and yet there is room. [23] And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. [24] For I say to you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
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that many, many people invited to the marriage feast are noted prophetically by Christ as too busy with the cares of this world. They were clogged up with things which they perceived as exciting and important and things they really wanted to do. These people got their priorities all wrong.

The world is full of distractions and enticing things we don’t even need to look for to fill our time.  God is essentially saying to us through His Word, “Live your lives, but if you love Me, you will put aside some time for Me so that we can have a really great relationship.” He wants us there to give us His love for eternity; it comes only with effort and the sacrifice of our lives (John 14:15-21 John 14:15-21 [15] If you love me, keep my commandments. [16] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. [18] I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. [19] Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. [20] At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. [21] He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
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If you take small steps now like reading a chapter from the Book of Proverbs a day or a few passages from one of the other books of the Bible and ask God for wisdom and His will in your life and submit to His entire will with humble obedience, you are well on your way to the wedding feast. If it seems too hard, start small and ask Him to help you build up to where you truly want to be, pleasing the Eternal. Ask for more of His Spirit. In James 1:16-18 James 1:16-18 [16] Do not err, my beloved brothers. [17] Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss, neither shadow of turning. [18] Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
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we are told that every perfect gift is from above. We just need to ask for His help and then apply the help God grants to those He has called to this marriage feast.

The enormity and greatness of God’s glory can be very hard to absorb because we only see through a glass darkly now (1 Corinthians 13:12 1 Corinthians 13:12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
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), nevertheless, He is so powerful, so mighty, so great, so loving, so merciful, so wonderful and the gift of His spirit so capable, we must hold onto that and practice living faith.

Will we accept our invitation to attend the greatest wedding feast of all time?  Make no mistake.  That day will come and all those who are living examples of His way of life will be there. Don’t be like the man who was found at the wedding feast without a wedding garment (Matthew 22:11-14 Matthew 22:11-14 [11] And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: [12] And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. [13] 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. [14] For many are called, but few are chosen.
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).  Show God your love for Him each and every day. Earnestly seek to please Him. We are His beloved children (1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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) therefore we should imitate Him (Ephesians 5:1 Ephesians 5:1Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;
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). The choice is yours. Choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19 Deuteronomy 30:19I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:
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). Be a part of the most amazing wedding that has ever been or ever will be.

To understand how to receive an invitation to this great event, read the free Bible study aids Transforming Your Life: The Process of Conversion and The Road to Eternal Life.

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