Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: FEAST (07/12/18)
- TITLE: For Heaven's Sake
By Donna Powers
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No, sister. I can’t. I’m just as confused and devastated as you are.
I mean: how things have gone so wrong? How can you and I have been turned away from the wedding supper for the Son of the King?
I just can't imagine. We certainly deserve to be part of His celebration. After all, we’ve been loyal supporters of the King and His Son for all our lives.
We certainly have. After all we’ve done...Why we’re at church every Sunday. We follow all the rules. We give to charity, and we always pray for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Yes, we certainly do. We’ve obviously proven our worthiness. So, how could we have been turned away from the Prince’s marriage feast?
I just don't know, sister.
After all, I made sure to tell that gatekeeper all the things we've done. I showed him the records we've kept; of each time we worked at the church or gave time and money to charity. I even showed him our names on the church membership list.
You certainly did, sister. And yet, he turned us away from the celebration. And what were those ridiculous words he said to us? Something about rags?
Yes. He had the nerve to say our righteousness was like filthy rags! I was speechless.
Oh, me too. But that wasn’t even the worst of it.
No, it wasn't. Because after we were turned away, millions of others were welcomed inside.
And, speaking of filthy rags: some of those who went inside were truly wretched-looking people.
Oh, sister, I know. They looked like those pitiful urchins we donate clothes for at the mission center. Who could have imagined people like that would even be allowed inside His courtyard; let alone invited inside to be part of the feast?
I know, sister! Especially when more worthy people - like us- were turned away! And to think everyone who went inside - including those awful wretches - was wrapped in a gleaming white robe as they were escorted into the feast.
And that’s another thing, sister. While we were in line, I'd been thinking only the most heavenly victuals would be worthy to be served at the Prince's wedding feast; and how they’d surely be made from the finest of ingredients.
Me, too. But, instead, I could see the tables, and there were only loaves of bread and jugs of wine. Yet, the faces of those at the table looked upon that humble fare as if it were 4-Star cuisine.
Oh, sister. I just don’t understand. I mean: for heaven’s sake: what does it say about the Kings Son; to know He chooses to have fellowship with such as those?
Yes. What can they possibly have had to offer Him? I saw nothing in their hands, as they went inside.
Not only that but to know they were accepted and we weren’t. What does that say about the King?
Nothing that makes any sense to me, sister.
Well, I officially give up, sister. I mean: If a lifetime of doing our best for His sake isn’t enough to earn His favor, then what is?
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."
Isaiah 64:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags"
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