Read Matthew 22:1-14. It’s the parable of the Wedding Banquet. It’s a story about how God sent people to teach us and encourage us to follow His ways. Those that didn’t follow his ways were uninvited from the wedding banquet (aka. Salvation). And since those who were originally invited (Jewish people) didn’t follow his ways, the wedding was opened up to others (aka. Gentiles. e.g. you and me).
Those that don’t follow his ways are uninvited from the wedding banquet (aka. Salvation)
That sounds good for us. But the story continues. Although we are now invited to participate in the wedding, and enjoy the gift of salvation, the story suggests that if we also don’t follow his ways, that we will also be denied access.
Few Are Chosen
The story ends at Matthew 22:14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
The moral to this story: Just because you call yourself a Christian doesn’t mean you are guaranteed entry into heaven. Turn from your worldly ways and follow God and His ways. Seek the straight and narrow path. Seek His Kingdom and His will…not your own. Otherwise, in the last days, God may do what he did to those in verse 13 who weren’t prepared…”Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Don’t Be Deceived
This story is about our salvation. Accepting Jesus as your savior is a good first step. However, you must also be living your faith and producing the fruit of the spirit. Grace by faith is still true here. However, a true faith will produce fruit because of the salvation through faith. If you don’t live according to God’s will and seek his ways, your faith is empty and will be called a counterfeit at the last days.