Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Beggar's Rags

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 dare?

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 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 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 his folly.
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 Christ.


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! Isaiah 64:6 says: "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."

Tell me something.... Why would you choose to remain in your filthiness, when God is is freely offering His righteousness to us. Hosea 14:4 says: "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him."

What is that "secret sin" that you're still holding on to - unwilling to fully surrender to God because He might "mess up your life", "tamper with YOUR plans"...? Really? Let go, and let God. You could have such a rich, fulfilling life... but it's your choice. See, God will not force anything on you... just as that King did not force the beggar to throw away his old rags - but - oh! - how he wished the beggar would have! It's called a "free will".

Please, let it go....


  1. Heather,

    What a priceless story you shared!! I loved it! too often we simply need to let go of the things we have a tendency to hold on to. We don't see the gifts that God will fill our arms with if we simply choose to look ahead and not wonder what we are missing by looking behind.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  2. Heather,

    Please stop by this morning and pick up your "golden" gift just for you. I hope it makes your day.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. This was a delight to read...both the story and your encouragement at the end. Thank you for posting this!

  4. Thank you for sharing your story! And this is a message all should hear. Blessings! Letting go of everything to follow Him, Laurie


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