For many are called, but few are chosen. – Matthew 22:14
Jesus was teaching one day using many parables. Of the topics covered was the issue of people entering into eternity with God. He told the tale of a king who gave a reception for his son’s wedding. The king sent out his servants to invite people to attend, but many of the original guests balked and refused to attend. Thus, the king sent his servants out again and them round up all sorts of people for the feast. During the feast, the king noted that one guest didn’t have on appropriate attire and asked the man how he made it into the banquet hall and then had him ejected from the venue. Jesus concluded the story with the idea that many are called but few are chosen.
Are you among the many or the few? We know from the apostle Pete that it is God’s will for all to come to repentance and to know the truth; however, we know that Matthew stated that Jesus came to die and pay the ransom for many, not all. This may seem like a contradiction, but it is not. God made us all to be his children and serve him, but our forefather, Adam, turned the tables by electing to do things his way rather than what God dictated. Thus, sin entered the world.
Even during the days of the nation of Israel in antiquity, not all of the Hebrews/Jews were observant of the Mosaic Law. Many turned to pagan idol worship like the Canaanites, especially during the time of Ahab and Jezebel and not long after in Judea under Manasseh. When the two kingdoms were exiled, there were only remnants of the peoples that returned to Israel to live after the Diaspora. Today, millions of Jews have returned to repopulate Israel, but of these, there will only be a remnant that actually believe on the LORD Jesus as the Messiah. It has always been this way and will be so until the end of time.
Jesus told us how the road to destruction is broad and found by many who follow to their doom. He also stated that the road that leads to life is beyond the narrow gate and is narrow itself with few finding it and entering in. The world is full of so-called Christians, self-proclaimed Christians that believe they are going to spend eternity with Messiah. They are going to wake up to a harsh reality one day because Jesus warned us that not everyone who calls him LORD will enter into eternity with him. They will even claim to have done great works in his name and think that doing so has earned them salvation, only to hear Jesus tell them to depart from him because he doesn’t know them. The LORD loves every human he’s created, but not all humans love the LORD.
Remember that MANY are called and FEW are chosen. The Bible tells us that no one can come to the Father except through Jesus and that no one can come to Jesus unless the Holy Spirit draws them to him. If you are already a Christian marine, way to go! Suit up, train up, and get in the game witnessing to and making disciples of people wherever you are. If you are not a member of God’s family, have you been drawn to Jesus by the Spirit? Have you felt like there’s something missing in your life and are unable to change it, fulfill it, or modify it? Then you’ve most likely been convicted by the Spirit of God to change and become one of the family. You’ve been on the broad road leading to hell, but you can do a u-turn and head up the narrow road to life through Jesus. Paul asked,
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news! (Romans 10-:14-15)
The answer to having that personal relationship with the LORD Jesus, Messiah, is to do what Paul said just prior the passage above, If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. (Romans 10:9-10) Are you ready to become a family member?
Father, thank you for sending your Spirit to woo me as a child to come to know Jesus as my LORD and Savior. Thank you for sending Jesus to be the ransom for my wrongdoings and giving me eternal life! Without all of you, I’d be headed to a demon’s hell to spend eternity without you where unquenchable fire and ravenous, undying worms inflict pain and misery on me. I am grateful for your love, mercy, grace, and compassion. It must grieve you to know that billions of people will never know your love and grace and to have refused it when presented with the opportunity to know you! It saddens me. Help me to fulfill my part in this pursuit of souls being saved for the kingdom. I love you, and may your will be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.