Embracing the Invitation (Matthew 22)

Matthew 22 is full of stories about me.  Not by name of course, but i see so much of myself in this chapter.  i confess it is difficult for me to simply accept the invitation to come to the wedding feast.  i get so caught up trying to out smart Jesus that i find myself missing it and even perhaps rejecting the invitation.  The invitation to be free, to be filled, to worry no more, to be loved, to be taken care of, to breathe, to just be in the presence of a groom who cares so deeply about me that he calls me friend, even in my struggle to find answers, all the while he already is my answer.  He warns me of what my future will look like and he responds to all my questioning even though he owes me nothing of the sort, and through it all he continues to love me.  He loves his creation.  His creation that has been marred and undone by their own choosing, and still he beckons come to the wedding feast, come be with me.   It’s more than my heart can process or find to be conceivable.  In human terms it is not possible, but then i know God’s ways are higher than anything my humanness can perceive.  i can make this life about a whole mess of things that are truly meaningless.  i can try to deduce it to paying taxes, dogma, doctrine, laws, or any number of things, but Jesus blows all of that out the water.  There is no way to out smart him, there is no way around his truth, there is no denying what i’ve always known.  God is the God of the living not the dead and Jesus is Lord, to David and to me.  ”For many are called, but few are chosen”…And so the truth that Jesus speaks cannot be undone or outsmarted, what is true then for believers and unbelievers alike is this:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Everyday when i get up i have a choice to make.  i can choose Jesus.  I can choose to love God with all my heart and all my soul and all my mind and i can choose to love my neighbor as myself or i can choose to try to outsmart Jesus.  The reality for me is that the truth is still the truth rather i believe it or not…it’s still the truth rather i choose it or not.  The truth doesn’t change.  i can look for answers in philosophy or science or the metaphysical, but it doesn’t delude or dilute the truth.  The truth is still the same.  And in that truth i hear the whisper of a friend saying, i’ve saved a seat for you at the wedding, come be with me…embrace the invitation and embrace my truth…

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