Thursday, February 2, 2023
Guiding Scriptures: Matthew 22:11-14, 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
Answer God's Call
By contributing writer Melinda Douglass
There were many times in my life I felt God pulling at my heart. In moments when I decided to do life my way and didn’t pray as much, he would listen, and when I came running back, he would comfort me. The beautiful thing about God is that he always called me back home, no matter what I did.
We see the same nature of God in the parable of the wedding banquet.
The King sent out many invitations to his son’s wedding. Some people ignored the invitation (even when enticed with a feast), and others came but did not dress in the clothes given and, in return, were thrown out of the wedding. The key, though, is although God is a very persistent God who will extend many invitations, it is up to us to answer the call.
The scripture says, “many are called but few are chosen”, meaning that God will call many people but only a few will answer. The question I want you to ask yourself today is, have I answered God’s call for my life or am I the person at the “wedding” who did not use what I was given?!
Answering God’s call goes beyond going to church, praying before we eat, and giving to the homeless. Although those things are good, they require constant submission, obedience and stepping outside our comfort zone.
It means saying yes when we want to say no. It means going live on Facebook when we are shy and nervous. You may have self-doubt or uncertainty, but just like the man at the wedding, God will equip you with everything you need; you just have to “answer the call”!
Melinda Douglass is a Bible Study leader and Ordained Minister at Pueblo Center of Empowerment and Worship. She is the founder and lead teacher of Bible Study Amongst Friends ministry with the purpose of helping Millennials grow a closer relationship with Christ through fellowship and learning his word.
Outside of ministry Melinda has a passion for volunteering, loves to cook, dance and is currently learning to play the guitar. She uses social media to post all of her passions, as well as affirmation/messages from God.