“Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

“’Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

“’Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are invited, but few are chosen’” (Matthew 22:1-14).

Of course it wasn’t his clothes that got this guy thrown out; it was his flippant attitude, and Jesus is talking about the wedding banquet when earth is no more and eternity begins.

Of all things a man should take seriously, it’s that. Yet, not everyone does. So many men only concern themselves about making it in this very temporary world and brush off this incredibly important invitation. Men, God is telling us to take this invitation seriously. Too many men leave the praying up to mom and the teaching up to the pastor or the Sunday school teacher. It’s our job, men! It’s our job to be the spiritual head of the house. It’s our job to lead the prayers at bed time and at meal time. It’s our job to bring our family to church. It’s our job to teach our family God’s Word. It’s our job to pray for our wife and children. It’s the greatest job and joy a man will ever have than to know that for all eternity his family will enjoy the glory of heaven rather than the torment of hell. Above all things that we do in this very temporary world, this is the greatest and has the greatest reward.


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