Matthew22:14: “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Don’t be deceived or misled. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.
Humans are, by nature, herd followers. We, like sheep and cattle, follow the crowd and congregate in big groups. We assume that size equals success and we are drawn to the crowd like a bug is drawn to light.
To the contrary, the Bible doesn’t support our definition of success.
Noah preached for 120 years and only won eight souls to salvation.
Jesus preached to the crowds but was crucified alone, with only his mother and a lone disciple caring enough to watch Him suffer.
Jesus talked about a narrow road to heaven, a path trod by a relative few. The crowd is going to hell. Only a remnant, a small number, will truly be saved.
Why then, are some so enamored with the bright lights, loud noise and packed, dimly-lit rooms? Their senses and sin nature are blinding them to the truth, that’s why.
Elijah did not find God in the whirlwind. He did not hear God in the thundering noise nor flashing stimuli. The Lord spoke to the prophet in a still, small voice. God speaks in the same manner today.
Yes, it’s true that heaven will be occupied by a multitude no man can number.But the saints won’t be there because they followed others. They will occupy eternity based upon the fact that God chose them and in simple faith they accepted His invitation to the banquet.
The crowd is on a wide road leading to destruction. Repent(turn around) and go in the opposite direction.