Becoming One Of The Few
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ;
Eph 1:4 according as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
Eph 1:5 having predestined us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Eph 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, in which He has made us accepted in the One having been loved.
Eph 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace,
Eph 1:8 which He caused to abound toward us in all wisdom and understanding;
Eph 1:9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
Eph 1:10 for an administration of the fullness of times, to head up all things in Christ, both the things in Heaven, and the things on earth, even in Him,
Eph 1:11 in whom also we have been chosen to an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will,
Eph 1:12 for us to be to the praise of His glory, who previously had trusted in Christ;
Eph 1:13 in whom also you, hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of our salvation, in whom also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 who is the earnest of our inheritance, to the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
The story of God’s plan to redeem man, as it is shown in the 66 books of the Bible, is a compelling story. One marvels at all of the things that the Godhead did to make it possible for man to be justified in God’s sight. This passage from Ephesians 1 shows us that not only did God take into account all of the variables that could affect His relationship with us, He thought of all of it before he ever started creating the world.
This means that God also knew that out of all of the people that would come into existence, only a very few would notice Him or even give Him the time of day. Jesus said in Mat 7:13 "Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Mat 7:14 Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
Mat 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name, and through Your name throw out demons, and through Your name do many wonderful works? Mat 7:23 And then I will say to them I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness! "
How “few” is “few?” Eight out of probably five million, if you ask Noah about it. Two out of over 600,000 fighting men, not counting wives and children, if you ask Joshua and Caleb, the two who actually got to set foot in the promised land. One hundredth of one percent today, if we divide today’s church of about ten million by the seven billion people on the earth (some major assumptions being made there). That’s few.
What can we do about the odds of being one of the few? Don’t follow the herd. Be more than just your own person … be God’s person. While the majority says they are too busy to read God’s word, immerse yourself in it. Let His plan, which was made before the universe was created, change your thinking, your life, and your eternal destiny. Don’t follow the crowd.