â€œFor many are called, but few are chosen.â€ (Matthew 22:14)
After the Pharisees had left (Mark 12:12), then Jesus spoke this parable unto His disciples and those remaining. They wanted to hear. Jesus began: â€œThe kingdom of heaven is like untoâ€¦ the king sent his servants to remind them that they were bidden, and they wouldnâ€™t comeâ€¦â€
â€œAgain he send forth other servantsâ€¦ â€˜Tell them which are biddenâ€™â€¦ they made light of it, and went their ways.â€
The â€œremnantâ€, (Scribes & Pharisees) slew the servants of the king. They which were bidden were not worthyâ€¦ go ye therefore into the highways, and you will find, both bad and good (wheat and tares), and bid them to the wedding.
The wedding was furnished with guestsâ€¦ The king came in to see the guests. He saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment;â€¦ he responded, â€œhow did you come in here without a wedding garment?â€ And he was speechless! The order was given by the king to â€œbind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness.â€ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. â€œFor many are called, but few are chosen.â€
Jude 6:44 says, â€œNo man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.â€ John 12:32 says, â€œAnd I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.â€ Put on the garmentâ€¦ Wear itâ€¦ Put on the wedding garment right away, lest you become used to the group that doesnâ€™t wear it, and perhaps believe that it really doesnâ€™t matter!
When the heart is touched by God, when the invitation has been given, and you have responded from your heart, let your will be influenced by the presence of God, and allow yourself to say like those on the day of Pentecost, â€œWhat shall I do?â€ â€¦or like Paul, on the road to Damascus, after being called by God, asked the question, â€œLord, what wilt thou have me to do?â€
When you are chosen, you will put on that which is required: Repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost, righteousness, holiness, obedience, submissionâ€¦ add to your faith virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity (2 Peter 1:4-8).
Donâ€™t â€œpush asideâ€ the conviction and stirring in your heart. Until you are away from the presence of truth and conviction, and calamity takes overâ€¦ put on the garment, allow change to happen, then go with it, become a person with a new vision, a new direction, and a new way of lifeâ€¦ where priorities change andâ€¦ now, the Lord is all that really matters!
Brother Robert Geans pastors Edwardsburg United Pentecostal Church in Edwardsburg, Michigan.