Many are called
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14
Twenty years ago God put writing in my heart. I tried it some at that time, but it was the opposite of good. Now, I write a daily blog of encouragement. I enjoy it very much, but I have no training or no childhood dreams of writing. I have no aspiration to be on a best sellers’ list and I don’t expect to become a well-known author. I do, however, have dreams of helping and encouraging others. My heart is to see people avoid the traps that I once fell into. My mission is to lead as many people that I can influence to discover their life of significance and purpose. I’m starting late in life and I pray some will be stirred up to answer their call much earlier through my example of what not to do in life.
Here’s the point: God calls me to write at this point in my life, so I do. There are many who are more qualified and some more available. Some use their gift of writing to become well known and famous, never considering using their God given ability for the Kingdom of God. Others consider it, but put it off until a later time because of much more pressing issues in their day to day living. There are only a few who will take the time to answer the invitation God is calling them to right now. Here’s the thing: God doesn’t always call the qualified, but He does always qualify the called! It is more about being willing to answer that call.
Today’s reading is a parable that represents the invitation God puts out to all people. In the parable, the initial invitation is rejected by the people that are called, the upper class and those of status. Then the king puts out the invitation to the highways and byways, the outsiders. The kingdom then becomes filled with the lower class because they are willing to answer the call and accept the invitation.
So here’s the question for you: what is in your heart to do? What have you been putting off? What ideas do you dismiss because they are too daunting to pursue? Each one of us have something, something we can do right now that will lead to the next open door. It doesn’t matter if you are educated in that area or not, God will get you there. The solution is to submit that idea and desire to the LORD and let Him lead you through the process.
Today I want to encourage you to set time aside to do the things that God has put in your heart that He is prompting you toward. Maybe it is writing, maybe it’s speaking and teaching. It could be some form of art or coaching. Or maybe it is reaching out to the next generation. Whatever it is, surrender it to God today. He will guide and equip you to complete the things He has put in your heart and He will take you through the doors required to be effective at your calling. “Remember that very few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers to be foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-27
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 22:1-14
1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:
2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,
3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.
4 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.” ’
5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.
6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.
7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’
10 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.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.
13 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.’
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”