When Jesus says in Matthew 22:14 that “many are called, but few are chosen,” He is not laying out the doctrine of Unconditional Selection but is declaring that when God invites ALL to participate with Him in His rule and reign on earth, He does so without partiality or favoritism.
Jesus CALLED His 12 disciples. He didn't draft them, force them, beg them to volunteer. Jesus chose those men to serve Him and the world in an extremely special and extraordinary way.
Christ calls each of us today,
We were all created with a special purpose, and plan, and calling on our lives…He doesn't need to twist our arms and make us do something that we do not want to do. We can choose to join Him or we can choose to remain behind.
When Christ calls you to follow Him, how will you respond? Do not shrink back in fear... or question your qualifications or effectiveness… Any thoughts of inadequacy do not come from the Lord but from the enemy who does not want you to answer the call on your life… Remember this... God never makes mistakes!… His plans and purposes for you are far better than you could ever imagine… What could be better than totally and completely living your best life serving Jesus?
You are here for such a time as this… God knew the exact moment you would be born and the exact time you would live on this earth! He knows the plans that He has for you… Jeremiah 29:11
Take the whole world and give me Jesus! … At the end of the day what else matters?
If you notice in the Bible there's no outline or resume of impressive details on display about the 12 disciples that Jesus picked. But, what we do know is that He called people from all walks of life, there were fishermen, tax collectors, political activists… He called common people, and uncommon leaders. He called the wealthy and poor… He called the educated and the uneducated.
Today many people think they're not good enough and that only certain people are fit to follow Christ and to serve Him. This could not be further from the truth. There are many, many examples in the Bible of people who were sinners, broken, and in need of a savior and once they got in the presence of Jesus were restored and used powerfully and mightily… We are all sinners in need of a Savior… many think they've done done too much wrong for God to love them or use them for His purposes.
This is not the attitude of Jesus. God can and will use anyone.. He just wants us to have a willing heart that wants to serve Him. We must never judge how God can use someone…No matter how insignificant he or she appears, or feels, always remember… That God uses ordinary people to do His extraordinary work!
It is never about us… If that were the case, none of us would be worthy of the call. It is all about Jesus… Apart from Him we can do nothing!
"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"
When Jesus called his 12 disciples together he gave them complete authority to cast out every kind of evil spirit and to heal every kind of disease and illness… These were amazing signs wonders and miracles that none of these men would have believed they would be enabled to perform before they answered the call on their lives....
Jesus told His disciples to go and announce to God's lost sheep that the kingdom of heaven is near. He told them to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons, and he told them to give as freely as they have received… He told them not to take any money, gold, silver or even copper coins… When they were doing God's work with their whole hearts… He was taking care of everything else they needed.
We must remember that when God puts you in the path of somebody that is lost and prompts you to witness to them, that He has gone before you and has prepared the way for them to hear and to receive what you will be saying to them… Let's not miss an opportunity to allow someone to choose Christ… let's not miss an opportunity to be a blessing to someone in need..These opportunities may not present themselves again… I believe that we should be receptive to the teachings of God and not ignore the Holy Spirit prompting's...
We are God's army…
We are here for such a time as this… Esther14:4
There are no accidents, or coincidences when it comes to God… Let's receive our mission to be on these divine appointments daily.. the appointments that God has pre-ordained… Let's get about answering the call and doing the business of God…
You are called! You are chosen!
Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.
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