Dressed for the Wedding by Dave Meyer
In the old days, dressing for the occasion was a given. Even in one of His parables Jesus told of a man who came to a wedding without the proper clothing.
Matthew 22:11-14 (ESV)
11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 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.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
For many, many years those of us who grew up in the Pentecostal tradition took this as a warning of how we would be treated if we were not perfect as the Father is perfect. We were not sure of our acceptance into heaven. Would we be welcomed, or would we be cast out because we were not good enough? All of us loved the Lord, we wanted to go to heaven, we were praying and reading the word every day, all were active in church and serving the Lord in every way we could. Still there was in the back of our mind that message Jesus had given that our entrance into heaven would not be decided until we reached the day of reckoning and stood before Jesus and were judged for the things we had done in this life.
Earlier this month my wife and I went to a Pastor’s Cluster in Burien. During the worship time the words to an old hymn that had the music up dated was sung. As we were singing the last stanza the words hit me like a sledgehammer: “When He shall come with trumpet sound, oh may I then in Him be found; dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.”
The Lord was saying to me, “Dave when you stand before My throne, are you standing dressed in your righteousness or Mine?” I started to weep, my heart was broken because He was saying to me, “If it is yours then you will be cast out, if the righteousness you are dressed in is My righteousness then you will be faultless! My eyes are watering even as I think about now. His righteousness is perfect, I am coming to Him with His righteousness, it is perfect, it is acceptable, I will be faultless! My friends, the same goes for you! Take this revelation and ruminate on it.