Matthew 22:8-14 – Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Recently my wife and I attended a wedding shower. Before leaving I texted the host to see what the proper attire was for this shindig. Personally, I think that “Attire” should be a part of most invitations – it removes much distress (especially for us men who are not as tuned in to proper etiquette). Well, if you have heard the message of God’s grace to men in Jesus Christ – if you have received an invitation to the kingdom of God – you are not left to wonder about what the proper attire is. The only proper attire is being clothed in Christ’s righteous through faith in him and his saving work. It is not being “moral” (although God desires us to be so). It is not good works (although God has planned for those who believe to do good works). The ONLY proper attire is Christ’s righteousness – which is received only by faith. Jesus parable reminds us of this. It warns us that it is possible to be called, and even to be a “part” of the kingdom (e.g. attend Church, claim to be a Christian, be moral) but not be wearing the right clothing. So, what are you wearing?