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Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen

Have you ever known someone you would call a “born leader?” Or do you
know anyone who is blessed with such a beautiful voice you would say they
were “born” to sing? If so, have you also ever witnessed the heartache that
develops if people aren’t doing what they were “born” to do? There is
definitely a difference between being called and being chosen.
hen Christ uttered the words, “Many are
called, but few are chosen” in Matthew
22:14, He was not offering us an opinion
or a probability. He was stating a fact. That fact is still
as true today as when Christ first stated it. (While this
Scripture refers to salvation, the principle also applies to
our calling to Christian service.)* Many Christians are
called by God to His service, but few are ever chosen
and appointed to walk in that service. Some
Christians are called in childhood. Some are called
comparatively late in life. But very often I’ve found the
call to God’s service comes to Christians in their teens
or twenties. Therefore, Matthew 22:14 should be of
particular interest to young believers.
Between the time when a Christian is first called to
service and the time when he is actually appointed by
God to that service, there nearly always intervenes a
period of testing. Often, the more responsibility
required in the service to which a Christian is called,
the more intense will be the testing through which he
must first pass. Only those who successfully endure
the testing will be chosen to actually carry out the
service. In the book of Judges, when Gideon first blew
the trumpet to call the people of Israel to God’s service
against the Midianites, 32,000 men answered the call.
By the time that Gideon had subjected his followers
to the tests which God appointed, however, he was
left with 300 men — less than one percent of those
who were called passed the tests and were chosen for
service. I suspect the proportion is barely any higher
today — if at all. Nevertheless,
God’s wisdom was justified by the
event. Gideon was able to do more
with 300 tested, disciplined men
than he could ever have
accomplished with 32,000 mere
followers. Once again, the same
applies today. One tested, trained,
disciplined, self-denying servant
of Christ is worth a hundred
Christians who are merely
“members” of some group or
organization.

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