- Day 86 -
Many Are Called but Few Are Chosen
Are you eagerly preparing and longingly waiting for your Savior’s return? Are you making every effort to know your precious Redeemer more intimately in the spirit, adoring Him with an ever-increasing love, because He is becoming your utmost heart’s desire? Are the desires of His heart your interests? Apostle Paul said, “Many seek after their own interests, not those of Messiah YAHshua.” (Philippians 2:21)
Are you struggling with a conflict of interest? What is competing for your attention and affection? Are there cravings for other things that make you like an adulterer, idolater, and His enemy because He is not enough for you? Are the cares and preoccupations of daily life hindering your faith, love, and growing relationship to our great King and Redeemer?
YAHshua the Messiah said, “Make every effort (strive with all your being) to enter through the narrow door, because many I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (Luke 13:24-28)
True disciples must “count the cost” to forsake everything to follow the Good Shepherd on that narrow path that leads into His eternal righteous kingdom. The redeemed remnant will continue to “work out their salvation with fear and trembling” as they glorify the Father and bring the love and uncompromised truth of the Savior to a lost and dying world.
YAHshua continually cautions His disciples, “be on guard” against the deceptive pull of this world, including its man-tainted doctrines, traditions, and religious agendas that compromise and often nullify the very words of YAHveh His Father; the full counsel of the Old and New Testament Scriptures. “For this is the love of YAHveh, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” (1John 5:3)
He made it clear that although MANY would want to, only a remnant- “a FEW would enter that narrow gate and that narrow path that leads to eternal life.” (Matthew 7:13-14) Messiah elaborates, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ (‘Master, Master,’) will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many would say to Me on that day, ‘Master, Master,’ did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I (YAHshua) will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness (the breaking of YAHveh’s commandments).’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
Our Savior described the tragic reality of so Many religious people who thought their destiny was sealed in the eternal Promised Land, His forthcoming Messianic kingdom. Instead the Many were assigned a place with the hypocrites where there will be everlasting “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” “Many are called but Few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)