Have you ever been invited to attend an event but you decided not to go only finding out later that you missed out on a great event? Have you ever been chosen for something but was hesitant on giving an answer only to be passed over, because you took to long to decide what to do, making you regret your decision to wait? Matthew 22:14 NLT “For many are called, but few are chosen.” This parable was in reference to the wedding banquet that the rich man had. But what does this verse mean to every one of us? Let’s first look at the definitions of Called and Chosen. Called- (Verb)- Cry out to (someone) in order to summon them or attract their attention. Chosen (Adjective) Having been selected as the best or most appropriate. (Synonyms) selected – select – picked – choice – elected – elect. In this verse Jesus is talking about the synonym choice when he talks about chosen. What this mean to us is that we are all called, to hear, to receive and live by his word. But all of us who hear are not chosen because why? Because we have a choice to hear it and receive it but for what ever reason we ignore it. The chosen are those who are also called, but decides to hear his word, receive it, and try to live by it to the (best of their ability). Mark 4:16 NIV Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.
Like in the parable, Matthew 22:1-14,Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Many were invited to the wedding banquet, but only a few that was invited chose to attend the banquet. The ones who was invited but did not attend missed out on a great time/reward. The chosen reaps a reward, Luke 11:28 NIV He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it. God is not looking for perfection because he knows he is the only person who could accomplish perfection, but he is looking for us to try to live by it to the best of our ability. God doesn’t want us to miss out on a great eternal reward. ” So here is the question, are you just called or are you chosen?