Bitter Lessons From The Frontlines 4
In Matthew 22:1-14 the LORD tells the people a parable of a king who made a marriage feast for his son (GOD the Father for JESUS His Son). The first group (Jews) was those to whom the honor of an invitation belonged because of their relationship to the king. Many refused and found excuses; some even killed the king’s servants (prophets) that brought the invitation. The king in the story responded by destroying the city of the ungrateful and sending the invitation to strangers (Gentiles), both good and bad. He graciously provided them with appropriate clothing (robes of righteousness) for the wedding feast. When the king came into the room where the feast was being held, one of the guests had refused to put on the clothes that were provided. The king ordered him to be bound hand and foot and thrown out into “outer darkness” where there was weeping and grinding of teeth (Hell). When the LORD finished the parable He said, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14, KJV)
The call of GOD to enter into restored relationship with Him by faith in His Son JESUS CHRIST has been issued to many, but as the parable teaches FEW KNOW HOW TO PROPERLY RESPOND! Those who do know are THE CHOSEN. The chosen are grateful, obedient, and willing to do whatever the King requires of them. The chosen recognize that although salvation cost them nothing they owe the One Who called them everything, and with a righteous mind they become living sacrifices. Because the chosen have this mindset, they accept suffering as an integral part of their life in CHRIST.
The chosen view suffering as a pressure instrument that squeezes into them and from them the oil of GOD’S GLORY. The chosen believe, “For GOD, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the GLORY of GOD in the face of JESUS CHRIST. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels: that the excellency of the power may be of GOD, and not of us…For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” (2 Corinthians 4:6, 7, &17, KJV)
The chosen consider the GLORY they’ve derived from their relationship with JESUS to be treasure, and that suffering accumulates for them more GLORY. The chosen know that because they are vessels made of clay living in a fallen world among fallen people breakage is likely, but when they are broken they also know that GOD’S GLORY will spill out! Therefore, they embrace infirmities, insults, hardships, perplexing situations, and persecution as opportunities to radiate the GLORY of GOD.
What a wonderful group of people are the chosen of the LORD of whom the LORD is proud to say, “Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given Me are for signs and for wonders… from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.” (Isaiah 8:18, KJV) Yes, in these last days the chosen will be the primary actors in GOD’S plan carrying His GLORY, releasing His GLORY, and imparting His GLORY through miracles, signs, and wonders to the wounded in body, soul, and spirit! Rejoice you precious of the LORD! The LORD loves you and highly values you. You are the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8). What touches you touches Him.
“Come to Me for the healing of your wounds,” says the LORD.
DECLARE: “LORD JESUS, You know I don’t like to suffer. It’s a part of our relationship that I struggle with, but thank You for this word. It encourages me. I feel Your heart in it. I receive comfort and strength to endure what I’m going through knowing that more of Your GLORY in and from my life will be the end result. Amen.”