This Blog is my devotional journey through the books, ‘The Chosen: 40 Days with Jesus’ (1&2) and ‘What Does It Mean to Be Chosen?: An Interactive Bible Study’.
Hi, I’m Jenn! I’m a Christian, wife, and stay-a-home-mom to three young boys. I was born-again through baptismal in August 2020 after spending too many years as an ‘on-again, off-again’ Christian. Follow me as I journey through the 40 day devotional, The Chosen: 40 Days with Jesus. On this journey we will encounter Jesus just as his followers did. Each of the forty devotions in The Chosen contains a Scripture, a unique look into a Gospel story, suggestions for prayer, and questions that will lead me further in my relationship with Christ. I will be posting my daily reflections during the 40 days here.
Each day I will write a reflection on the content material provided in the book, and then I will post my journaling of the Three questions presented at the end of each day in the devotional.
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”Matthew 22:14 NLT
The idea that one must be “called” and “chosen” originated with Jesus Himself, who told His disciples that “many are called, but few are chosen”. The concepts of being called , being chosen are both biblically legitimate, but they are rarely understood and routinely misused. But what does it mean? To become acceptable to God, all must recognize and accept God’s Word as the source of truth. God chooses a person to receive eternal life only when that person learns and accepts the truth, repents in faith and is baptized is that person then Chosen.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved”John 3:17 NIV
Let’s consider the difference between called and chosen. “…God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14). Through this scripture we can see that God is calling people and inviting them to receive the Good News of Jesus, and his Gospel. This means that we are saved through that initial invitation, and by accepting Jesus as our Lord we are then Chosen.
The Chosen are set apart through their belief in Jesus, and by receiving the Holy Spirit. Jesus says, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44). God issues the invitation. He draws our hearts toward Him. He grants us the desire to learn His ways, to submit our wills to Him.
In Matthew 13 Jesus explains the parable of the ‘Sower and the seed’ to help illustrate the world’s varied response to the Gospels. He talks of those not yet called to follow him, and says in essence that it is because they do not grasp what they hear, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside” (Matthew 13:19). And in truth they might never comprehend the message and the underlying significance. It is a lot to take in, a lot to understand and comprehend.
Many are called…many receive the opportunity for God to work in them “to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13), but only a few respond. Those who respond to God’s calling are chosen by God because they choose to serve and obey Him and put Him first! It doesn’t matter who you are outside of Christ, He comes first and then who you are in the secular world comes second. For example, I am a wife, a mother and a follower of Christ, but in reality I am one of God’s Chosen, then a wife and mother. I am not in any way diminishing my earthly roles, they are duly important, but Jesus is first and foremost.
When God offers You an opportunity to serve Him, the choice is Yours. And that choice is not merely a one-time decision. You must commit yourselves to that choice and persevere to the end (Matthew 24:13). Those who are with Christ are not just chosen they are also faithful and loyal.
There will be trials and obstacles that we will more than likely have to overcome as part of our commitment to our faith and as a commandment to serving God and being one of his Chosen… will you answer the call?
But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”Isaiah 43:1
If you’ve never seen the series “The Chosen”, I highly recommend it. It is one of the best series on the life of Jesus to date (Just my humble opinion). This devotional is based on the series, but it works as a stand alone without having seen the series. The reflections are short, but take you deep enough for prayerful meditation and reflection. This devotional is so powerful and thought provoking, just like the series.