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
The beggar went on his way. He looked
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 dare?
He made his way back to the palace.
approached the guard at the gate.
"Please, sire, I would like to speak to the
"Wait here," the guard replied. In a few
minutes, he was back. "His
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
so that I, too, may come to the banquet?"
The beggar shook so hard that he could
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
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
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 cried.
But as he started to leave, he looked
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
The banquet was far greater than he had
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
They even spoke of him as the old man with the rags.
One day as he lay dying, the king visited
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.
wept bitterly at his folly.
And the king wept with him.
We have been invited into a royal
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.
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
royalty and abundant life in Christ.
"Go now, leave your bonds
Put Babylon Behind you, with
everything it represents, for it is
unclean to you. You are the
LORD's holy people"
"Behold, the old is passed
the new has come!"
2 Corinthians 5:17
"Come to me, all you who are
weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon
you and learn
from me, for I am gentle
and humble in heart, and you will find
rest for your
souls. For my yoke is easy
and my burden is light."
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