Men are called by God, chosen by God, saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by God. There is no other way. “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44)
“There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” (Romans 3:11)
These verses are indisputable; it is God that chooses who will enter His Kingdom. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) They will be saved because the Almighty has called them to do so.
Free will in the matter of our salvation is only determined to be so because of the inverse of all that has been written here, if God has chosen some for heaven, then by default He has chosen some for hell. The Holy Spirit led Paul to write in Romans 9:22, “What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.” But our conception of the Most High will not allow us to think or contemplate Him in this manner, we see no love in it, we see the opposite of 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Truth is what we seek for, the unmitigated, unquestionable truths of the Scriptures, yet at many verses in the Word of God people will not just falter, but they will stop searching, they will stop contemplating, and fall back on what they believe to be truth instead of what has been given to us.
I liken these words and verses here to the Book of Revelation, allegories, far reaching stories that we are unable to Spiritually discern, at least some would say, but I offer you this, during the days of the Tribulation period everyone who is here to experience those great days of tribulation will understand perfectly that Book in the Scriptures, they will have no doubts whatsoever those words that today for us seem as uninterpretable will mean. “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6)
The man or woman who has been crucified with Christ does not question God’s motives, we seek His face to understand His will for our lives, we seek to be obedient no matter what He has called us to accomplish for His glory, we pray before we move for Him, resting assured that He will direct our paths. Little thought is given to how the Lord saves us, but as to why, that is of great contemplation to us. “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:2)
We reach out to those who do not yet know Him, we reprove and correct those that do when they are in error, we stand as we are led to against the wickedness of this world, and at every moment we say, “Thy will be done.”
Whom the Lord has decided to call to Himself is not our concern, reaching out to them is, for that is what we have been called to do, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) How those we meet respond to His calling is not our responsibility either, we are to offer the message of salvation, the free gift to all who will come to Jesus Christ, without merit, without works, only by grace through faith in His name. The consequences of their actions, their response to the message offered rests upon them and them alone, and with that one short sentence, we stop thinking about the Doctrine of Election, of man’s free will in salvation when placed against the calling and choosing, or not choosing of the Sovereign Lord.
It is beyond us, and it serves no purpose in what you have been called to do, reach out with the good news to all you meet. We do not need to know; we need to serve. Those who say they are saved yet are not living a life that glorifies God, rebuke. Those who profess to know the Lord Jesus, but do not hesitate to sin, and that openly, reprove and correct, but those who do not yet know Him as Savior reach out to in love.
Let God do the choosing, you do your job.