“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:18-20
I often hear church goers boasting with great pride that they are called by God, perhaps to preach, perhaps to lead, perhaps to the nations, or some other great thing? To which I must reply, “Do you think that makes you special? My friend, everyone is, it’s the great commission and we’ve all been given it.” However few ever truly fulfill it, because while many are called, few are chosen
You want the grandeur of being called to the nations but are you speaking to your Neighbor? You want to be given a mighty congregation but are you neglecting the Nineveh next door, the Ghetto down the street, the hospital, the orphan, the widow in need? Because the few who are doing these small, unseen, un-glorious things are the ones He’s going to trust to send in His Name. Why would He send you to the nations if you won’t be sent to the next city when He calls? He who is faithful in the small things, He will make ruler over much. Prove yourself faithful in Jerusalem, and then He will send you into all the world.
“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.” – Matthew 22:11-14
In this parable that Jesus spoke, everyone was invite and had equal opportunity in accessing the marriage super. They where all called to come in and participate! Yet because this man did not put on the wedding garment, which the book of revelations tells us is “robes of righteousness” (Rev. 19:7-8), he was not chosen and was cast out. Jesus is coming, the marriage super of the Lamb is being prepared, seek the Lord while He May be found, not titles, stages, prestige, applause, or fame. Seek humility and obedience, seek the fruits of the spirit, seek righteousness.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33
“For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” – Hebrews 12:10-14
Most today seek physical blessings from God, but Paul said to seek the correction of God that it might produce the fruits of righteousness in you unto eternal blessing. For without it you will have no part in the Kingdom.
Paul also states in this passage, that seeking to please God through receiving His correction and Fatherly direction will cause your feet to stay to the straight path. Which brings us full circle back to the many and the few, the called vrs the chosen, the rejected and the righteous! For Jesus makes it very clear exactly who the many and the few are.
“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. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” – Matthew 7:13-15
The many that were called are the same many that stayed on the wide and easy road, while the few that are chosen are the same few who decided to crucify the flesh with it’s selfish desires, pick up their cross and follow after Jesus down the straight and narrow path of righteousness. To be led by His Spirit is to be led by His righteousness, into righteousness. Laying aside foolish lust, vain babbling, and doing what He says is right. To pick up your cross and follow after Him is to do what He did and say, “Father not my will, but Your will be done.” The few that truly do this will follow Him into eternal life, while the many that don’t are only deceiving themselves into believing they are ok while all the while they are on the broadway, marching headlong toward hell.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” – James 1:22
As Jesus continues in His warning to the many on the wide and easy road, we see something that should shake us all. While the few chose to pick up their cross and follow Jesus down the straight and narrow, the many on the wide road have followed false teachers, false prophets, and false preachers; the wolves in sheep’s clothing. The ones that sold them a lie of ease and prosperity, that they could walk a road of unrighteousness and still be walking toward heaven. They flattered and fluffed their pride and their lust and led them to their church but not to Jesus. They did not help them by telling them to crucify their will so that God’s will, through them, might be fulfilled. They said, “just profess that He is Lord and do no more!” But they didn’t not correct them or exhort them to be subject to Him, as Lord! So that when they stand before Him at the end they will be astounded at what He will say to them.
They thought they were saved, but they were not, because that they had never given their life away that Christ might live through them. They did their own will, and not the will of the Jesus. They professed Him with their lips, but their hearts and their obedience was far from Him. They did not follow Him. They did not walk in righteousness. What a sad and dreadful place to find yourself in, at the end of this wide path walked by the masses.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” – Matthew 7:21-24
My friend, Jesus made a way of escape and it comes by faith, but true faith in who He is will cause you to seek Him for that way and not simply trust what your lust or what others have to say. Pray, ask Him today to show you the way. It won’t be the easy one, but it will be the right one. Seek and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you and He will come in and commune with you and lead you into all truth, but then the real test begins, because true faith in what He says in the place of seeking will cause you to trust Him unto obedience and just like Abraham, it will be counted unto you for righteousness. Learn today to follow His leading even when it’s not flesh pleasing. So few truly do. The few among the many.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
“…Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” – Luke 18:8
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” – Matthew 22:14