Many Are Called But Few Chosen
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Many are Called but Few are Chosen
Do you understand what the Bible verse, "many are called but few are chosen" means? There are a number of Bible verses where Jesus tells us that only few will be saved and enter the Kingdom of God. The problem is, the majority of the Christian world chooses to ignore these verses, and just carry on in their worldly lives thinking they are saved because they said a prayer to Jesus at one time, or because they belong to a church that "know" the truth, and "knowing" the truth they think will save them, rather than a daily loving relationship with the Lord Jesus. Friend, this message that Jesus is getting across is vital! We MUST heed the warning and change our lives and give our ALL for the Lord Jesus. So let's look at these verses about many being called but few are chosen.
Matthew 20:16 ...'So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.'
Matthew 22:14 ...'For many are called, but few are chosen.'
So Jesus confirms this twice, that many are called but only few are chosen. Now some Christians will say that this is in comparison to the whole of the world population, but this isn't so. Jesus is talking to the church, and the professing Christian world. He is talking to those who believe in Him, the called ones, and out of those called ones, only few are chosen. In other words, only few are saved and will enter into Heaven. Why? Because only few in comparison to the whole of the professing Christian world actually gave their all for Jesus. The rest believe in Him, but they wanted to hold on to their lives on this earth, and are not worthy to enter into God's Kingdom, as Jesus said ... John 12:25 ...'He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.' ... You see, only those who are ready and willing to give up this life for the Lord will gain eternal life.
Matthew 22:11-14 ...'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.' ... Have a real good think about these verses. Jesus is telling the parable of the marriage between Him and His church. Now above we see a man is found that is not welcome, why? Because he has not been clothed in the white garment he needs, he is still in his sinful state, he did not give his all for Jesus and cannot enter the kingdom of heaven, and being stood in front of Jesus the man realizes he is still in his sin, and is therefore cast into hell fire. Now this is the important bit - What is that man doing there in the first place? HE THOUGHT HE WAS INVITED! This man was one of the called ones, he was a professing Christian and thought he was saved and went to the wedding thinking that way. But he was rejected because he did not live according to the true faith. He kept living a worldly life and did not separate himself from the world and give his all for Jesus. Which meant he was not "clothed" with the righteousness of Christ.
Matthew 7:13-14 ...'Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.' ... Again Jesus is saying here that only few will find the narrow way. The majority of the Christian world are going down the broad EASY way, but they don't realize it leads to destruction. Take a look at the church in the Bible, and you will find a sacrificial church that gives it's all for Jesus. Then take a look at the professing church in the world today, and you will see a church in COMFORT, saying the right words, but not living the true faith, and what did Jesus say? ... Matthew 15:8 ...'This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.'
Luke 13:24 ...'Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.' ... Notice that Jesus says many will SEEK to enter in, but will not be able to. These are the called ones, those who profess to follow Jesus, but their lives show that actually they don't. So many think they can just believe in Jesus and then sit back and do nothing. But look what it says in Luke above, 'STRIVE' to enter in at the strait gate.
So many professing Christians believe they are going to Heaven, when actually they are going into hell fire. Why? Because they don't study the Word of God daily and find the truth about being a true follower of Christ. Stop holding on to the things of this world. Why do we hold on to something that will be destroyed when Jesus returns? Let it go and give your all to Jesus now!
I plead with you to give your all to Christ Jesus today. Remember, many are called, but few are chosen. So give your all to the Lord now.