“Many are called, few are chosen.” — Jesus
What’s the difference between the two? Response! Consistency! Fruitfulness!
The chosen prove who they are by their constant growth.
Isaiah is a great example of the process. In Chapter 6, verses 1—9, God gives Isaiah a vision of His presence and power filling the temple. The man called by God to be a prophet sees himself in light of God’s glory and repents. At that moment an angel takes hot coal from the altar, touches the lips of Isaiah and declares his sin is taken away from him and he is forgiven.
Then Isaiah hears the voice of God asking a question, “Who can I send, who will go for Us?” Isaiah answers immediately with, “Here I am, send me!”
God answers with the call; “Go and tell…”
Notice that God did not tell Isaiah what the call was until he responded with a yes… And, Isaiah was so enraptured with God in that moment he was prepared to do whatever God called him to do. Imagine yourself in that space and time, you would have probably responded in the affirmative too.
Here is… The Call… God sends it out and waits for someone to answer.
Back to Jesus saying, “Many are called, few are chosen.” His statement comes from the Parable of the Marriage Feast in Matthew 22:1—14. This Parable clearly reveals the difference between the called and the chosen. The call goes out to everyone, we see by Isaiah’s example that the call is first to repentance and salvation. Once those matters are settled then the call is given. The person who responds receives his/her call. Now, the living out of the call is what proves the ones who are chosen.
This is uncovered in the Parable. The call goes out to those invited, but many are unwilling, others don’t pay attention and go their own way. Still others even murder the masters slaves who delivered the invitation. Now another invitation goes out and many come into the feast, but some are not ready and being unprepared they are bounced out.
Here’s the message, those who are ready will prove they are a part of what Paul calls a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. They are following Christ with all that is in them and they are fulfilling the call of God on their life.
What is the call? I mentioned it earlier; “Go and tell…”
This phrase “Go and tell…” is mentioned several times in Scripture as a directive to those who are going to fulfill the will of God for their lives. We see it in the Book of John, when John the Baptist send his disciples to Jesus to ask, “Are you the coming One?” Jesus replies to them, “Go and tell him all you have witnessed…” (Luke 7:20—23). Then regarding the women who followed Jesus, He met them along the path after His resurrection. When they realized it was Him and that He was alive, they fell at His feet and worshiped Him. He told them, “Go and tell the brethren…” (Matt. 28:9—10).
So what do these words “Go” and “Tell” reveal to you about the call?
“Go” in the Hebrew language means to carry, bear, follow, grow, lead, prosper, pursue, run, and spread. “Tell” in Hebrew means appoint, certify, challenge, charge, command, declare, demand, desire, publish.
In the Greek, “go” means journey, test, attempt, experience, trial and “tell” means to announce, declare, show.
Leaders always answer the call!
Once a leader has responded to the call, then he/she is equipped. We will look at this more closely in the future, but know this now God always equips those who answer the call. So you are anointed by God to do what He has called you to do. You need only respond with a “Yes!,” be consistent in fulfillment, and grow in the call by bearing the fruit that shows you are His and He is with you in all you do.
Go forth in faith, with full confidence. Tell of Christ and all He has done. Be that witness of God’s goodness to all who belong to Jesus. Grow continually in wisdom and knowledge through God’s Word and you will be ready for anything and everything that comes your way.
Leaders lead, they release, they influence everyone around them.