Chosen by GodBro. David Chancellor
8/23/2009 6:00 PM
And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son. And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 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.
God sent Jesus for us. He’s invited us to come to the wedding feast. This shows God’s dealings with the people of Israel. They had first choice. They had suffered down through history because they rejected Jesus.
God sent the message of Christ into the whole world. People came. Certain protocol was expected for wedding garb.
"For many are called, but few are chosen." The message has gone out and the invitation is "whosoever will, let him come." It is a valuable invitation. It’s a great honor to be called by God. Everyone has been invited. Many listen with indifference.
Just because God has called doesn’t mean you have control of the situation. The one without the wedding garment was cast out. It is God’s love, mercy and grace that accepts you when you come. Self-righteousness isn’t the wedding garment. It’s in God’s hands whether or not you’re acceptable. God speaks to the heart of man on his terms and his timetable. He’s still the one in charge.
Esther felt the need to be invited before the king, even though she was the queen. If the king didn’t reach out the scepter, you were in trouble. Security puts a barrier between you and those in authority. You may have received an invitation, but God still has to extend his mercy and love. We expect him in most cases to extend his love, mercy and grace, but it means something to be chosen by him. Don’t make light of it, think it insignificant, or think the choice is all yours. God has to do the drawing. If you keep rejecting him, there may come a day when he quits drawing you, when he says, "enough."
As you pray for the lost, ask God to extend his mercy and grace and still accept them. It is his choice to save you. It’s a wonderful thing to be chosen by God. We should glorify his name because he chose us. We should thank him for accepting us when we came to him. It wasn’t anything we did; God chose to save us. He brought us around to his point of view. We should feel special because he chose us, not because of our own merits, but because of him.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
"Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts…" God worked to bring us to him. He herded us in. He chose and he caused us to come in. We can pray that God would put things into the sinner’s path to work to direct them to himself. He’ll work to herd you in the right direction by his love, mercy and grace.
You can choose to reject God, but choosing to accept him isn’t entirely your choice. He has to draw you. When God speaks, that’s the time for you to choose. There may not be other opportunities. God has chosen us because of his love, mercy and grace. He sent the invitation and accepted us when we came.
For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
God chose them, not because of their qualities, but because of the promise he’d made their fathers. He doesn’t choose us because of our qualities either. He chooses us because of his love. It was God’s choosing. Moses pleaded for the mercy of God for the Israelites. God still chooses mankind for reasons he knows and because of his love, mercy and grace.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption; That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
God used base, foolish, and weak things. He cam in ways that the elite had trouble taking in. It wasn’t our specialness that caused God to choose us. He chose ordinary people. We don’t have any reason to think highly of ourselves. "…He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." Make sure that God gets the glory. It was his choosing. It was God’s goodness that chose to save you. Give him the praise and lift him up.
When God first starts talking, it’s time to start listening. Keep praying and hoping for souls, but realize that if it is put off too long, you may never get there. It’s not just your choice. Answer when God speaks to you. There’s no choice guaranteed for you at the end of the road. Consider seriously your dealings with God.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends: for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.
He wanted them to have fullness of joy. He wanted good things for them. He called them friends, friends he chose. They hadn’t chosen Jesus. Jesus called them. He’s still chosen every one of his disciples. If you’re saved, he chose you. If you’re not saved, then turn to him. He’ll call you friend.
Our lives should honor his name. He’s made a plan for us and he’ll be there when it feels like no one else is there. He deserves to be glorified and he deserves our respect and appreciation. Give him your heart and life.