In preparation for this party, you might go to great lengths to get yourself ready. You might go and buy a new outfit to wear or you might schedule a haircut so that you could look your best. You might go and buy a gift to give to this person or look for someone to invite along if the option is so given. You block out your schedule and you make time for that important event where your presence in attendance is desired by the inviter. We love going to parties because it feels really great to know that you belong, that you were asked to be there, that you were on the list.
We have each been invited to a grand banquet, a feast given and prepared by the Great Inviter: our Heavenly Father. From the creation of the world, He has been preparing for the time when He will take His beloved people home who have received His generous gift of invitation and dine with them in His holy kingdom. He has sent His Son Jesus to tell the world of this coming party and to be ready to receive this invitation. This is an invitation that requires nothing from us other than to receive it as just that: an invitation. We need not try to dress or clean ourselves up, and we need not fret over what we can bring or do to merit our invite. We were invited for who we are as beloved children of God, and we were invited not because of our merit, but because of our need for Him. As we await in hope and assurance of that blessed day of this glorious banquet, we eagerly await that final declaration from Jesus that bids us “Come, for everything is now ready.”