We Are All Called, But Few Are Chosen

How can you become the chosen ones?

In Matthew 22:14, Jesus tells that “Many are called but few are chosen.”

What does that mean? What’s the difference between being called and chosen? How can we make sure that we are one of the chosen?

In a parable of the wedding feast. Jesus actually starts of with a parable. He tells of the account of a king whose son was getting married. He sends out many wedding invitations, but on the big day, not a single guest showed up. When the king sent out his servants to find out what was going on with the invited guests, it turned out they were just not willing to go. They were more concerned with doing their own thing, and even treated the invitation with contempt. The king was furious when he heard the report from his servants. He sent them out again, this time telling them to invite anyone they saw on the street to the wedding. Then the wedding was full of guests. And when on man showed up at the wedding without proper wedding clothing on, he was cast out. This was a day of especially significant celebration, and it was only fitting to be dressed appropriately (Matthew 22:1-14).

Then at the end of the story, Jesus says, “many are called but few are chosen.”

What Does It Mean To Be Called?

The word “calling” is used several times throughout the Bible, in different contexts. For instance Jesus uses the word “called” as an invitation. This parable is an analogy of what we have been invited to. An Invitation is something more than a life lived serving ourselves. An Invitation to live a life together with Christ, serving God and experiencing the fulfillment that brings to life. An Invitation to be disciples, to follow in His footsteps. And ultimately, an Invitation to spend eternity with Him.

This is a calling that God puts in our hearts, and there are many different ways people sense this. Anyone who gets the chance to hear the gospel (which is pretty much everyone) and make a decision about whether or not to become a disciple is considered to be called. Many people receive this invitation. Jesus gave the disciples the job of going out and making disciples of all the nations. (Matthew 28:18) But who among those many have chosen to follow Christ?

What Does It Mean To Be Chosen?

To be chosen is to accept the invitation and to do what is necessary to accept the invitation: to give up everything thing in this world (Luke 9:23-24). That is, to say Yes!” to the calling and then follow it up with a faithful life. God calls us, but those who choose are those who wholeheartedly accept the invitation and it’s conditions.

Why Do So Few Choose?

Because not many want to pay the price. Jesus says in another place that the gate is narrow, and the way is hard that leads to life, therefore few choose this way (Matthew 7:13-14). The reason is it hard is that we have to give up everything in this world. Our egotism, our own ideas, opinions, thoughts and feelings, our own will, and our own desires. We do this in order to be completely obedient to the leading of God.

In order to be chosen, you have to show that you really want this life with all your heart. You can’t hold back for the world, for relationships, for your self-seeking, etc… It’s 💯 faithfulness.

Making Sure You Are Chosen

Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:10, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligently make you called and election sure…” How do we do that? By doing things that he writes just previous to that in 2 Peter 1: 5-8: “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of Christ.”

Only those who truly want to follow Jesus, walking in His footsteps as He instructs them, get grace to do as it’s written above. They bear fruit, which are the virtues. These virtues are the proper wedding garments that we make ourselves so that we can accept the invitation and be clothed appropriately, so that we are not cast out like the man in the parable.

No Qualifications Are Neccessary

In the account the king sent out his servants to all types of people. It’s the same with our invitation. It doesn’t matter what our starting point is, who we are by nature, what our background is, what talents we do or don’t have, what knowledge we have, what our circumstances are. The thing that determines whether or not we are chosen is us, and how we respond to the calling when we sense God’s invitation in our heart, and what fruit we bear as a result.

And the end of our faith is that we’ll be Jesus’s brothers and sisters, co-heirs with Him of all things. Not just eternal life, but we’ll be kings and priests together with Him for eternity.

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together

Romans 8:16-17

And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth

Revelation 5:10

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