Righteousness!

The difference between being called and chosen

Now some people like to pride themselves on being “chosen” or favored by God but we need to get over ourselves! God shows no partiality.

Let’s look at The parable of the wedding feast

(Matthew 22:1-14)

“And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few are chosen.” 

You see everyone is “invited” or called but the difference is in how an individual responds.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Those who are chosen not only respond but respond appropriately. Remember the guest without the appropriate wedding attire? That’s what all these professing Christians are like.. We must be clothed in righteousness! Chosen people don’t just “hear” the calling of a holy God then continue to pursue (or live) a life full of sin by following their own desires. They accept the call to biblically deny themselves in order to follow Jesus Christ. And what’s so profound about that is that Jesus said that no man can come to him unless the Father draws him (John 6:44). This is why the FEW who are truly following him are chosen. MANY are just “worshipping” God in vain (with their own efforts and intellect) without an intimate relationship.

“And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine.They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.” Isaiah 29:13 (NLT) 

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So if you have an ear to hear, REPENT and make your calling and election sure.

With love,

Brandi

 

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