Romans 8:30-31 (KJV): “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

A rich, generous king prepared a big banquet and was kind enough to invite all the nobles and honorable people in his kingdom. But unfortunately, they all despised his invitation and made it clear that they were not coming. Because of this, he extended his invitation to everyone else—the commoners were now invited. Everyone else was now to be part of the party (see Matthew 22:1-14).

Salvation was initially for the Jews (see John 4:22). They were the noble people of the earth because they were the nation separated unto God from their inception. But the door was opened to the Gentiles because the Jews rejected the call of God (see Romans 11:12). This was demonstrated in the fact that they were the ones who gave the Lord over to be crucified. But God was aware of all this. It played into His eternal plan to save not only the Jews but the whole world.

Today, many are called, and we can see from today’s Scripture that it is those who have been predestined that are called. But we also see in Matthew 22:14 that out of the many called, few are chosen. Our response to the call is what will determine whether we are chosen. Because man has free will, the fact that he was predestined and called does not automatically mean that he will be chosen. We have to respond to the call.

For those of us who have responded to the call of God to become conformed to the image of His dear Son, we need to continue in our conviction to the end (Hebrews 10:23). Let’s not allow distractions, pressures, and cares of this life to hinder us from being fruitful. Let us endure to the end so that we would receive our crown and not be ashamed when our Lord appears.

Go into today remembering that God’s got you. Your salvation was planned from the foundation of the world. Your life is not a coincidence and all things are working together for your good because you love God and are called according to His purpose.

Prayer: Thank you, Heavenly Father, for choosing me before I knew anything. I ask that you help me walk worthy of this glorious call and please you in all regards. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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