A beggar lived near the king's palace. One day he saw a proclamation posted
outside the palace gate. The king was giving a great dinner. Anyone dressed
in royal garments was invited to the party.
The beggar went on his way. He looked at the rags he was wearing and sighed.
Surely only kings and their families wore royal robes, he thought. Slowly an
idea crept into his mind. The audacity of it made him tremble. Would he
He made his way back to the palace. He approached the guard at the gate.
"Please, sire, I would like to speak to the king." "Wait here," the guard
replied. In a few minutes, he was back. "His majesty will see you," he said,
and led the beggar in.
"You wish to see me?" asked the king. "Yes, your majesty. I want so much to
attend the banquet, but I have no royal robes to wear. Please, sir, if I may
be so bold, may I have one of your old garments so that I, too, may come to
The beggar shook so hard that he could not see the faint smile that was on
the king's face. "You have been wise in coming to me," the king said. He
called to his son, the young prince. "Take this man to your room and array
him in some of your clothes."
The prince did as he was told and soon the beggar was standing before a
mirror, clothed in garments that he had never dared hope for. "You are now
eligible to attend the king's banquet tomorrow night," said the prince. "But
even more important, you will never need any other clothes. These garments
will last forever." The beggar dropped to his knees. "Oh, thank you," he
But as he started to leave, he looked back at his pile of dirty rags on the
floor. He hesitated. What if the prince was wrong? What if he would need his
old clothes again. Quickly he gathered them up.
The banquet was far greater than he had ever imagined, but he could not
enjoy himself as he should. He had made a small bundle of his old rags and
it kept falling off his lap. The food was passed quickly and the beggar
missed some of the greatest delicacies.
Time proved that the prince was right. The clothes lasted forever. Still the
poor beggar grew fonder and fonder of his old rags. As time passed people
seemed to forget the royal robes he was wearing. They saw only the little
bundle of filthy rags that he clung to wherever he went. They even spoke of
him as the old man with the rags.
One day as he lay dying, the king visited him. The beggar saw the sad look
on the king's face when he looked at the small bundle of rags by the bed.
Suddenly the beggar remembered the prince's words and he realized that his
bundle of rags had cost him a lifetime of true royalty. He wept bitterly at
And the king wept with him.
We have all been invited into
the royal family--the family of God.
To feast at
God's dinner table, all we have to do is shed our old rags and put on the
"new clothes" of faith which is provided by God's Son, Jesus Christ.
But we cannot hold onto our old rags. When we put our faith in Christ, we
must let go of the sin in our life, and our old ways of living. Those things
must be discarded if we are to experience true royalty and abundant life in
What are you holding on to from your life before knowing Jesus? Whatever it
is, get rid of it! God will give you everything you need ... you don't need
to rely on the world to satisfy you anymore!
Have a great week!
Your friend in Christ,