Matthew 22:14 AMP For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen.
Jesus spoke of the kingdom of Heaven as being like a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent servants around to invite those whom He wanted in attendance. The scripture records in Matthew 22: 5: But they were not concerned and paid no attention [they ignored and made light of the summons, treating it with contempt] and they went away—one to his farm, another to his business. The didn’t have time to give to the king; some even killed the messengers that brought the invitation.
How apropos this is to the day and time that we live in. Jesus died for all and all are invited to come into the kingdom of God, but few are chosen because not all will receive His invitation. Many do not have time for King Jesus so they treat His invitation with contempt and at times even kill the messengers that bring the good news of salvation to the lost!
This is the day that we celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus, the day that is known as Good Friday, signifying the blessing of Jesus’ death because if we didn’t have the day He was crucified we would not have Resurrection Sunday, the day He was raised from the dead after paying the penalty for our sin. If Jesus hadn’t died we would be doomed to an eternity apart from Him, spent in hell, and unfortunately, those who have been called but not chosen have that as their eternal destination. But that can be changed! As long as there is breath and life here on this earth there is an opportunity to choose to receive God’s invitation to His wedding feast!
John 1:11-13 NKJV He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, not of the will of man, but of God.
You have been called to come in to the kingdom of God, but have you been chosen through receiving His invitation? Are you among the few that have made Jesus Savior and Lord of their lives?
1 John 5:12 NKJV He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
The wedding feast of the Lamb awaits those who have been invited and have received His invitation to come in to the kingdom of God. There is a seat with your name on it. Will you come in? Will you be among the chosen?
Father, I thank You for giving Jesus to die for my sins. I am thankful that my place at the wedding feast of the Lamb is secure and that I have my eternal destiny set in You, in Christ Jesus, for I have received Him as my own personal Savior and Lord. I pray for those this morning who will be left out because they have not taken the time to respond to Your calling to come into the kingdom of God. I pray that today may be their day of salvation; that today they will hear Your voice and respond by asking Jesus into their hearts as their own personal Savior and Lord. I pray that You will continue to woo them by Your Spirit; drawing them to You. Father, I pray that the blinders will fall off of their minds so that they will be able to see the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and will be able to be saved from the destruction that awaits those who do not choose Him. Father, I know that You are not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance and the saving knowledge of Jesus. May each one that is called respond to Your calling today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.