Wednesday, September 30, 2009

DAY 43 - Are You Wearing the Wedding Clothes

Today’s Reading: Matthew 22

(Please read Matthew 22: 1 – 46 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf . (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)

Please click the links below to Matthew 22:

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless” Matthew 22:11-12

Whenever I think of how many people have ignored my invitation to a house group, Bible study, gathering, prayer meeting, prayer campaign and many more, I am discouraged. But Jesus told me today that it’s OK. People treated Him like that so I shouldn’t be discouraged. He is going to prepare for suitable people to welcome my invitation.

The Lord reminded me of a more serious question than who receive and who ignore my invitation. It is whether we wear the wedding clothes. We have a painting of a modern interpretation of the Lost Son in the lobby of our church(Richmond Emmanuel Church). The son is kneeling on the floor with a pair of blue jeans with his father embracing him. An angel is standing behind his father holding white clothes ready for him to change and wear. That should be our wedding clothes.

Yesterday I baptized a 90 year-old new convert at Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital. I said, “Mr. Cheng, you know that your son Johnny had been a gambler for so many years. You know that he has changed now and only Jesus can change him. Do you know that?” He said, “Yes, I know and I need Jesus.” Nothing in my 21 years of priesthood is more joyful than seeing a non believer to be willing to receive Jesus as his Savior and Lord of Life thus wearing the wedding clothes.

Nothing is more rewarding than what I experienced yesterday when I was with my own eyes that Jesus changed someone’s son and then his father had no hesitation to receive Jesus. On the contrary, there are so many people who do not believe Jesus because of the bad examples of their relatives and friends.

Are you wearing the wedding clothes that you can be a witness of Jesus or are you wearing a filthy and smelly clothes?
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." Revelation 7: 9-10

Dear Lord Jesus,
Please help us to wear the wedding clothes daily that I can be prepared to see you in heaven any time you invite me to. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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