October 11, 2020

Becoming Prepared

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Passage: Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14
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In Jesus' parable, the invited guests respond shamefully and criminally.  Their reaction is somewhat inexplicable.  But the host destroys “those murderers.”  He replaces them with people from the streets both the good and the bad.  But when these people have been at the wedding for a while one is expelled for not wearing a wedding garment.    Jesus is warning people that just because they have made some response to his invitation, they may not be prepared to live for Christ.  Paul teaches us how to become prepared:  seek to serve in harmony with others, rejoice always, and keep our thoughts focused on what is good and right a pure.

Confession

Gracious Lord, we tend to take You for granted.  We forget that like other relationships, our relationship with You needs constant attention.  We forget that we need to spend time with You in prayer and study of Your word.   We don’t always do what we hear You calling us to do.  We forget to give You thanks and praise and to let our hearts dwell with You.  Forgive us, and call us once more into a relationship.

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