Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Chosen. It’s a word we all want to be.

I remember playing during recess and the kids wanting to do a ‘school yard pick’ for soccer which I was not very good at.

As they called on other kids and the list dwindled down, I was picked, last. I was just happy to play and jumped at the chance to get on the field when they called my name. Even though I was picked in a different way than what I wanted, I still wanted to play and that meant I had to get over my childish ego and say yes when they called.

In the spiritual realm, there is not a ‘school yard pick’, but there is an invitation where God calls upon us and we must choose our reply. Do we jump at the chance to be used of Him or do we inhibit ourselves with our own wants and insecurities? Sometimes God calls us to do something different than we expect and asks us to do something outside of our personality.

The difference between those who are called and those who are chosen is their response to the call. The called reject the invitation while the chosen accept it. Those who choose to be chosen walk this life on a whole other level and are on a very different “playing field”. We are in this world, but we are not of this world. It’s no longer about comfort, but rather challenge. We were born for more and called to live life for more than just ourselves.

The process of being chosen can sometimes be a long, hard, and even lonely road but, in the end, is worth the sacrifice. Just look at David, Esther, Peter, and Paul. They all said yes to the call and became chosen, but that didn’t mean they never went through hardship.

Being chosen of God means our lives are not our own, they belong to God. It’s His breath in my lungs, so I must give that breath back to Him. Now, if I’m honest, I much rather sit on the back row at church, keep to myself, and hide away at home because that’s where I feel comfortable, but being chosen is not about what I want. Saying yes to God stretches me and my faith. It makes me go further than I ever would on my own.

When you let Jesus lead, He will take you exactly where you need to be and make a way for you through the hardships of life.  As God calls you, He will stretch you and what you think you can do and be. The most important thing to remember about being chosen is that you are not alone and whatever God calls you to, He will see you through.

You are called to be chosen!


Mandy Fender