“But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” Mt 22: 11-14
When you have an interview for a dream job, you dress in such a way as to bring attention to yourself for the purpose of scoring that job. When you have a date with the one you’ve been dreaming about, you dress a certain way so as to get another date. When you are playing a team sport, you dress a certain way that says you belong to that team. There are many sayings covering the topic of dressing for success. The way you dress yourself shows others a lot about you. Your appearance could tell people you are ready for whatever the day wants to throw your way or it could tell people you could care less what happens with your life. There is an importance attached to the way we carry ourselves in the physical world, how much more does that apply in the spiritual world?
Aside from this parable of the marriage feast, Jesus makes it clear to us that we need to take good care of our soul! He warns us to be alert since we don’t know when the Master will return. “Be dressed in readiness and keep your lamps lit”! (Luke 12:35) He also shows through the parable of the ten bridesmaids the difference between those who clothe their soul properly versus those that don’t. The comparison is jaw dropping! Those who kept their lamps lit were ready for the bridegroom, but those who didn’t were shut out of the wedding, completely!