[Matthew 22:1-10 ESV] 1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast."' 5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' 10 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.
Today focuses on the difference between a servant and an invited guest in the parable. The servants were the ones who were insiders and invested in the work of the King. The guests were merely people who showed up to see what was going on. They were outsiders and had no real connection to the King yet. They were interested, but not yet plugged in to the service of the Kingdom.
When we serve in the Kingdom of God, we are directly serving the Lord in His work. Too many sit on the sideline and observe in the Christian community. For those, the real-deep question needs to be, "Am I really a genuine part of the Kingdom?" If we are not careful, we can deceive ourselves and be around Christianity, but never actually connected to the inner workings of the King. It would be tragic if in the day of judgment we failed to hear those precious words of Jesus, "Well done good and faithful servant...enter into the joy of your Master (Matthew 25:21, 23)."
*Life Point* When you serve the Church of God, you directly are serving Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:40).