By KNOX HERNDON
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 and
anyone dressed in royal garments was invited to the
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
"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 banquet?"
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 cried, 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
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 so much 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 his folly. And the king wept with
We have been invited into a 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 Christ. "Behold, the old is passed
away; the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)
A new season will be here shortly. Fall will be upon us
and the leaves will change and once again we will prepare
for winter. Why not use this time to start over again
with a renewed faith in Christ and truly let go of the
"old rags" of life and experience the
"abundant life" the King has for us!!
OUR CHURCH HAS MOVED TO: The American Legion Log Cabin in
Dr. Knox Herndon is the Pastor of "His House
Community Church" (SBC) and a substitute school
teacher in the Fayette County school system, and a former
Army Chaplain. The church is currently meeting in the
American Legion Log Cabin across from the fountain on the
Square in Fayetteville. Prayer line (770)-719-2365 E-Mail
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