Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble.
For many are called, but few are chosen.
Then the Kingdom of Heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them.
Most performers hope for a big break: the contract or role that launches them into major success. Entertainers and athletes yearn for that golden moment.
American Idol auditions 100,000 singers to select ten and finally, one. Acting and modeling agents receive hundreds of headshots every week, but rarely choose any. Fewer than 1% of high school football players make the pros.
'Many are called, but few are chosen.' Christians know luck is a myth, but God is real. So are His golden moments.
What if one comes today, or a year from today, or ten years from today? Jesus instructs and history affirms that God's big breaks begin with an unexpected encounter: a life-changing meeting for a ground-breaking role.
Your biggest meeting is coming sooner than you think. It's with the King of kings. But what about a worldly meeting with a different kind of king? Maybe it's a king of film, fashion, music or theater? What if that meeting has taken longer than you anticipated?
Then when you least expect it, the opportunity comes. You're called to stand before a career-maker. It's a dream you have cherished.
But what if you aren't ready? What if your waiting period became a debating period? Doubters debated your dream, and you began to debate it yourself. What if you got discouraged and stopped practicing?
What if your talent got rusty and your image got crusty? What if you're running low on fuel, faith or fire?
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins is about preparedness (see Matthew 25:1-13). Ten virgins waited for the right door to open. Five stayed ready. Five did not. Five walked through the life-changing door, but the others found it closed.
'What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open' (Revelation 3:7).
If 'Many are called but few are chosen,' I believe those who are chosen must excel in the godly practice of 'hurry up and wait.'
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait series.