Your Invite To The Wedding - July 14, 2018
James Collins

“Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.”  Matthew 22:9

Please pray for me... I have a teenage daughter! My daughter, Abby, is about to turn 14. She is growing up so fast. I need prayer because there are so many hairy-legged teenage boys out there. Please pray that I don’t kill some boy that shows up wanting to date my daughter. I have told Abby that she can date when she is 35-years-old and that I will stop going with them when she is 40. It is not that I don’t trust Abby, I just don’t trust boys. I know how they think. I used to be one.

I love what the theologian and philosopher, Bill Engvall, said about his daughter’s first date. He said, “I pulled the young man in tight next to me. I whispered in his ear, ‘Boy, you see that little girl there. That’s my only little girl. She’s my life. So if you have any thoughts about hugging or kissing, you remember these words. I got no problem going back to prison!’”

But no matter how hard that I try to stop it, I know that someday, Abby is going to meet some knucklehead. Someday, some smooth-talking nitwit is going to come along. Someday, that nitwit will tell Abby all that same old stuff that I told her momma when I was courting her. Someday, Abby will fall in love. Someday, she is going to get married. Someday, I will walk Abby down the aisle. Someday, somebody will say, “Who gives this woman to be married?” I will say, “Her mother and I do.” Someday, I will give her away. Someday, when her future wedding is over, Abby’s name will change. It will change from Abby Collins to her new name. It will change from Abby Collins to Abby Wifeofboymydadhates.

An old Army buddy of mine got married last week. They spent more money on the wedding reception than most people spend on an automobile. Weddings today are very expensive. The average wedding cost today is said to be around $25,000. When people plan a wedding, they have to count the cost of everything and everyone. They stop thinking about friends and family as people and start thinking of them as plates of roast beef or glazed chicken.

In the ancient Biblical Jewish wedding, everyone was invited. Relatives, neighbors, friends, the entire village, even people passing through, everyone was invited. When the Lord Jesus Christ speaks about salvation, He compares it to a wedding. Jesus tells the story about a king who is planning a wedding for his son. The king says to go out into the highways and byways and invite everyone to come. The king didn’t care about the cost. Everyone was invited.

The point is: You have been invited to the Wedding. There is no cost to attend. It is free. The cost was paid in full by the Groom. Have you accepted the invitation? Have you sent in your RSVP? Are you going to the Wedding?

Someday, if the Lord tarries, Abby will get married. She will no longer be Abby Collins. She will have a new identity. And I don’t care how long the devil has been raising you; you can have a new identity today. You are officially invited.

James Collins will never forget the day that his wife, Amanda, said, “I do.” But he believes that the Wedding Supper of the Lamb will pale in comparison. To find out more about the Wedding, you are invited to Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church. If you need a ride, call (620) 223-2986.

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