Tuesday, February 7, 2012

102. - Redemption Is A Serious Selection Process

In Matthew, chapter 22, Jesus tells a parable of a great King who prepared a wedding feast for His people. The end of the parable goes like this, "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.'
" So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.

"So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And, he was speechless.

"Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen."

102.0 - The Concept of "Try Outs:"  In major league baseball, there is something called, "try outs." These try outs are generally open to the public; and, anyone wishing to go out for the team is allowed to do so. 

However, "going out for the team" is not the same as making the team. To be selected for the team requires a superior performance. So, while the invitation is open to all, the result is entirely decided by our Christ empowered performance.

The point is this. We easily get this concept of selection when it comes to sports, etc. But, it seems we sometimes struggle to accept it in regard to the salvation of our soul. 

Nevertheless, it is this concept that drives the statement in the preceding parable that "many are called, but few are chosen." The indication here, and in many places in the New Testament, is that we are engaged in a serious selection process.

And, the idea exposed here is that it is ultimately God who is doing the choosing, not us. He is about the business of populating His Heaven with those who are truly faith expressive. 

And, in fact, this time, this world, this physical economy is but the "try out" to discover those people of true devotion, the people who actually embrace the daily Lordship of Christ in their lives. All others will fail the attempt.

So, it is perilous to the human soul to ever move far from the awareness that we are involved in a stringent selection process. Thus, to approach our  "try out" casually, to make it, in practical terms, a kind of secondary pursuit is to guarantee that we will fail the selection process.

The rigors of the true path to eternal life may be a little offensive to our modern sense of what is desirable. But, that very ancient and authentic path takes no note whatsoever of our modern druthers.  

It does not change because we judge it to be too demanding. It is The PathAnd, even in this modern age, it still involves a demanding scrutiny.  

And, that is why the statement remains true.  Indeed, "many are called, but few are chosen."  And, as Jesus said in another place, "...strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it."