BIBLE READING: REVELATION 17:14; 1TIMOTHY 1:12; ROMANS 8:28-30; 2 TIMOTHY 2:2, 19-21; MATTHEW 25:14-30
“So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” Matthew 20:16 (NKJV).
The Bible in Matthew 22:14 also states that many are called but few are chosen. When it comes to the Divine Calling, everyone is called including the rebellious (see Ps. 68:6). The Scriptures go on further to declare that, “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive and He gave gifts to men” (Eph. 4:8). It is however, sad to note that not everyone who has a calling will end up fulfilling it because not everyone is willing to pay the price that goes along with it.
Paul admonished Timothy to give himself wholly to his calling so that his profiting would appear to all men (see 1Tim. 4:15). In otherwords, there is a price for Divine Election or being chosen. When it comes to being chosen, you determine if you are going to be approved by God. Apostle Paul challenged Timothy to study to show himself approved unto God (see 2Tim. 2:15).
There are certain things that can disqualify one from being chosen by God:
1.) Lack of Knowledge (Hos. 4:6; 2Tim. 2:15): Part of the benefits of training and mentorship is the impartation of knowledge, understanding, wisdom and attitude. When people fail to pay the price for knowledge they automatically disqualify themselves from being approved of the Lord because God cannot use ignorance. He can accept you the way you are but He can never use you the way you are. God will require that you upgrade your mind, your attitude and actions with His Word (see Rom. 12:1-2; 2Tim. 3:16-17).
2.) Lack of Consecration: Consecration is separation from self, sin, satan and the world and being set apart for God’s Holy Purposes/Calling. In 2 Timothy 2:19-21, we were admonished to consecrate ourselves because in a great house, there are vessels of honour and some to dishonour but if any man purges himself, he will be a vessel unto honour, sanctified and prepared unto every good work.
3.) Unfaithfulness with resources: Unfaithfulness with money that belongs to another man and with anything that God commits into your hands will disqualify anyone from God’s Call (see Luke 16:10-12). Faith is you trusting God but faithfulness is God trusting you. Faithfulness involves being dependable, reliable, or trustworthy. As you mature in the Things of the Spirit, you will start realising that God does not just give you what you ask for but what you can handle. In other words, serious things in the Kingdom are only given to us on the basis of trust/faithfulness (see 2Tim. 2:2). Loving and trusting someone are completely two different things. God loves all His children but He does not trust us all equally. The level to which God can trust you is directly proportional to the level to which you have proven yourself trustworthy by being faithful with resources committed into your hands and with what belongs to others that has been entrusted into your care (Matt. 24:45-51; 25:14-30).
1 Corinthians 4:2 emphasises that, “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” We are not owners but stewards of God’s Resources here on Earth and one day we are going to give Him an account of our stewardship (see 2 Cor. 5:10). Therefore, let us endeavour to serve God with Holy Fear/Reverence in faithfulness of heart even unto death (see Rev. 2:10). Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it (1 Thess. 5:24 KJV).
Father, help us to be counted worthy and faithful before You on that Glorious Day at the Judgement Seat of Christ and hear “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the Joy of the Lord” in Jesus’ Name. Amen.