Not An Invitation

“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find'” (Matthew 22:8,9).
When Queen Elizabeth II was to be crowned, she sent the following invitation:
“We greet you well. Whereas we have appointed the second day of June 1953 for the solemnity of our coronation, these are therefore to will and to command, all excuses set apart, that you make your personal attendance upon us, at the time above mentioned, there to do and to perform such services as shall be required of you.”
Aside from the odd manner in which Royalty refers to itself in the first person plural (that would be the use of “we,” and “us”), there is another thing that stands out.
Queens don’t invite; they command, and expect obedience to that command! Notice the phrase, “all excuses apart,” and “shall be required of you.” She wasn’t expecting many to decline her invitation!
The Lord invites us to come into his presence and worship this Sunday. It’s the most important thing you will do all week. Some things will be more urgent — medical emergencies might arise, for instance, but you will not do a thing more important in your life than worship this week!
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor is a formidable woman, but in reality she is as much flesh and blood as you or I. Yet when she summons, her subjects respond.
When the King of all the earth commands, will you react like a subject, or a rebel? Consider this your invitation.

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