The Yellow Rose
"The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain king,
which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth
his servants to call them that were bidden to the
wedding, and they would not come. Again, he sent
forth servants saying ... all things are ready:
come unto the marriage.
But they made light of it, and went their ways, one
to his farm, another to his merchandise ... Then
saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready,
but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many
as ye shall find, bid to the marriage ... And
when the king came in to see the guests, he saw
there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in
hither not having a wedding garment? And he was
speechless. Then said the king to the servants,
Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and
cast him into outer darkness; there shall be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.
For many are called, but few are chosen"
I recently thought I would like to do something special for
the Lord to let Him know I loved Him. Since I had heard that
a yellow rose was a symbol of loyalty to the long-awaited
arrival of a loved one. I decided to put a yellow rose on
the pulpit in the Chapel. I thought, no one will know and
I will surprise the Lord. Of course, it dawned on me that
I could not surprise Him, for good or bad, nothing misses
His attention. But, I decided to do it anyway.
I bought one yellow rose, and when no one was there, I brought
it to the Chapel and laid it there just to let the Lord know
what He meant to me. It remained there during the week of
special prayer services. Toward the end of the week it began
to wilt. Again, when there was no one was in the Chapel, I
tenderly picked it up and took it home to dry and save it.
Within a few days, a knock came to the door. There stood
a lady with a bouquet of carnations, and tucked in the center
was one yellow rose. She said, "The Lord told me to bring
you a rose. I looked at the red roses, but the Lord said,
'No, give her a yellow rose and tell her I love her.'"
I thought, O Lord, You really Do see, You really do know.
You really do appreciate when we return Your love.
Since then, periodically, just one at a time, yellow roses
are sent to me. They are a reminder that love responds to
love, and the Lord is looking for those who will respond to
His love towards them.
In the passage above are two groups. The many who are called,
and the few who came. This call is to come to the marriage,
for the Lord is ready and waiting for us. "Many are called
but few will make themselves ready so they can be chosen."
In Genesis, before man was created, the Lord was alone; but
in the book of Revelation we see Him being married to a Bride
who has made herself ready. This is the great and wonderful
day He has been waiting for. We are preparing for our wedding
day, our marriage to the Lord.
I have said to the Lord, I do not want to wait until the
end of it all, and then become your Bride. Lord, let us enter
into it now. If we are to worship in heaven, let us begin
to worship Him now. If we are to minister to the Lord in the
Kingdom, let us begin to minister to Him now. If we are to
be married to the Lord, let us begin a personal relationship
with Him now. We can be a "forerunner" in all these
The call went out from the heart of the King, "Come
to the marriage." A great price had been paid for this
marriage; the King's Son had laid down His life. The Word
tells us we too are bought with a great price, with the blood
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The King sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden;
Again, there were two responses. There were those who made
light of the invitation because of other interests, lambs
and merchandise, and their good jobs. In the parable as given
in Luke 14, one responds, "I have just been married,
I have other relationships, other affections that have taken
preeminence in my life."
The Lord desires to be our first choice, not our last resort.
Once the Lord said within me, "I am painfully aware of
where I stand in the lives of my people. I know whether I
am first, or second, and I know when I am last.
The Lord will deliberately orchestrate circumstances in our
lives to force us to make choices. We are living in the day
of grace, and it is our privilege now to choose Him. If we
are not motivated by the fire (His manifest presence)that
He has placed within us, He will put one under us (His chastening).
The Lord said in Hosea 5:15b, "In their affliction,
they will seek me early." If I am motivated by the fire
within, He will not need to place problems in my path to turn
me toward Himself.
The Lord is about to send a Word of fire that will ignite
His people - a Word which will purify - a Word which will
separate the chaff from the wheat. May it ignite our hearts,
purify us, and burn up all the dross.
When the call came, they made light of it because they had
other interests. Yet there are those who will respond to His
call. We may enter now, we need not wait to enter a love relationship
with our Lord. In our present circumstances, we may appropriate
all the Lord has for us.
In salvation, Jesus gave all for us, In the Kingdom, we are
to give all to Him. He desires nothing less that He gave.
I will not settle for merely a part of my husband, I want
all of him. This is what marriage is, and, the Kingdom is
like unto a marriage. Some made light of it, but others responded.
Imagine a Bridegroom being interested in a Bride who said,
It will be enough if I come to be with you on Sunday morning,
Sunday evening, and on Wednesday evening.
How will we respond when we are in the crucible, our place
of choice? It has been said, "Character is the sum total
of all our choices." Another said, "Character is
what we choose when we are in pain." When Esau was hungry,
he choose a present satisfaction, but under pressure, Jacob
chose that which was of eternal value.
The Lord looks at our choices. He gave me a poem which expresses
His heart's desire toward us.
For though you think I stand afar
I am so close to thee
I stand among the shadows
Waiting, and watching to see
If in all your many choices
The one you choose is me
He is right here, watching each move we make, and to give
us the strength to make the right choice. "Many are called,
but few will choose to come." Let each one of us determine
to rightly respond to His call.
Some came who were not wearing wedding garments. These were
bound and cast into "outer darkness." This is not
just a location, but a position. They had chosen outer darkness
in this life. The choices we make here have a direct bearing
We are now qualifying for our position in the Kingdom of
Heaven. This is taking place in our lives on a daily basis.
Sometimes we do not recognize the test when it comes, but
He is watching every choice, that we choose Him. He must be
The Lord, our Heavenly Bridegroom, has given us all of His
love. In return, He desires a personal love relationship with
Him. We, not He, will determine the degree of intimacy we
have with Him. The Lord has laid open His heart. It is open
wide for all; but He has placed obstacles before it so only
those who really desire Him will get through.
The call is to rise up and overcome. I once thought the call
to rise up was "to float up." But that is not so.
We must overcome before we will ever "rise up."
"The marriage of the Lamb is come, His wife hath made
herself ready" Rev 19:7.She came with her wedding garment.
"To her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine
linen clean and white." The fine linen is the righteousness
of the saints. She came adorned.
The Bridegroom is ready. The marriage supper is ready. He
is waiting for our final preparations.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down
from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for
her husband" Rev 21:2.
"Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's
wife, and He carried me away in the spirit to a
great and high mountain, and showed me that great
city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven
from God, having the glory of God" Rev 21:9b-11a.
How will you respond to Him? He will see your yellow rose,
and in turn, respond to you, that in that day, you will be
able to sit with Him at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
"And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which
called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb" Rev 19:9a.