CALLED AND CALLING
For many are called, but few are chosen. —Matthew 22:14
How many people have heard the gospel with their physical ears, but have not responded? Many… many… many… The gospel call goes out all over this world, but the only ones who will respond are those who are chosen. We do not know who those people are that will respond. We didn’t even know that we were one of them until we responded to the gospel call ourselves. Now it is our responsibility to call people to Jesus (Romans 10: 14-17). People are responsible for their response— whether they heed the call or not, whether they call on Jesus to be saved or not (Romans 10:13). I like the quote from C.S. Lewis from The Silver Chair—
“You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion.” Our Lord works through us to call people to Himself. May we be faithful in this! “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:44).
When was the last time you encouraged someone to call on Jesus? Did you speak the gospel to them? Did you share how Jesus drew you to Himself? Did you at least hand them a gospel tract, a Gospel of John, a New Testament, a Bible— where they could read for themselves when the time was right? (John 20:31). Oh, that we would be a vessel our Lord works through to call many to Himself. Yes, Dear Father may You be pleased to work in and through me to call others to Jesus. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yBzIt_z8oY