You can become one of the chosen ones!
In Matthew 22:14 Jesus tells us that “many are called and few are chosen.”
What does it mean? What is the difference between being called and being chosen? How can we make sure that we are chosen?
The parable of the wedding feast
Jesus turned and began with a parable. He tells the story of a king whose son was getting married. The king sent many invitations for the wedding, but on the big day, not a single guest showed up. When the king sent his servants to find out what was going on with the guests, it turned out that they simply were not willing to go. They were rather busy with their affairs and even despised the invitation. The king was furious when he heard about this. Then he sent his servants back, this time telling them to invite anyone they met on the street. So the wedding was filled with guests. Later, a man suddenly appeared with inappropriate clothes for the wedding, so he was thrown out. That was a day of celebration with great significance, so it was appropriate to dress appropriately. (Matthew 22: 1-14)
At the end of the story, Jesus says: “For many are called, and few are chosen.”What does it mean to be called?
The word “call” is used several times in the Bible, in different contexts. In this case Jesus is using the word “called” as an invitation. This parable is an analogy to what we have been invited. An invitation to something more than a life serving ourselves. An invitation to live a life together with Christ, serving God and experiencing the fullness that brings to life. An invitation to be disciples of Jesus, to follow in his footsteps. And finally, an invitation to be with Him for eternity!
This is a call that God puts in the heart, and there are many different ways in which people perceive it. Anyone who has the opportunity to hear the gospel and make a decision about whether or not to become a disciple is considered among the many who are called. Many people receive this invitation. Jesus gave the disciples the job of going out and making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). But who among those many becomes one of the chosen few?
What does it mean to be chosen?
To be chosen is to accept the invitation and do what is necessary to accept the invitation: Lose your life in this world (Luke 9: 23-24, Luke 14:26) That is, say “Yes!” To the call and then continue living a life as a faithful disciple. God calls us, but those who are chosen are those who wholeheartedly accept the invitation and its conditions.
Why are there so few chosen?
Because there are not many who want to pay the price! Jesus says elsewhere that narrow is the door, and narrow the road that leads to life, and few are those who find it. (Matthew 7: 13-14) The reason why it is difficult, is because we have to give up everything in this world; our selfishness, our own ideas, opinions, thoughts and feelings, our own will and our own desires. This is done in order to be completely obedient to the direction of the Master.
To be chosen, you must show that you really want this life with all your heart. You can not let yourself be influenced by the world, by relationships, by your selfishness, etc. It is 100 % obedience to Jesus; 100% fidelity.
Make sure you are chosen
Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:10: ” Wherefore, brethren, all the more seek to make your calling and election sure …” How do we do that? Doing the things he writes just in the verses above in verse 5-8: ” You too, putting all diligence by this very thing, add to your faith virtue; to virtue, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, patience; to patience, piety; to piety, brotherly affection; and to brotherly affection, love. For if these things are in you and abound, they will not let you be idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. “
Only those who truly want to follow Jesus, following in their footsteps while He instructs us, obtain the grace to do what is written above. Such people bear fruit, which are the virtues. These virtues are the appropriate wedding garments that we make ourselves in order to accept the invitation and dress appropriately, so that we are not expelled like the man in the parable.
There are no conditions
In history the king sent his servants to bring all kinds of people. It is the same with our invitation. It does not matter what our starting point is, who we are by nature, what our past is, what our talents are and what is not, how much knowledge we have or what our circumstance is. What determines whether we are chosen or not is how we respond to the call when we receive God’s invitation in our hearts, and what fruit we get as a result.
And the end of our faith is that we will be brothers and sisters of Jesus, co-heirs with Him of all things. Not only do we receive eternal life, but we will be kings and priests along with Him for all eternity.
“The Spirit itself bears witness to our spirit, that we are children of God. And if children, also heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if we suffer with him, so that together with him we may be glorified. ” Romans 8: 16-17.
“You have made us kings and priests for our God, and we will reign on earth.” Revelation 5:10.