Do you believe in fairy tales? Fairy tales begin and end, Once upon a time…and they all lived happily ever after. The middle is filled with trouble but it’s the happily ever after that carries us to the end.
I don’t believe in fairy tales where the end is the same for everyone. But I do believe in the truth that speaks of the called, the chosen, and the faithful receiving a happily ever after ending in a kingdom that is out of this world.
“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Rev. 17:14
Our Prince Charming is the King who is the Lamb and He has come to rescue the called who are the chosen and faithful. Not everyone will live in His kingdom and know what true happiness forever after is. Who will?
The called who are chosen. “…for many be called, but few chosen.” Matt. 20:16b. The call has gone out, inviting all who believe to enter the kingdom of God. There is only one door allowing entrance into the King’s kingdom. Jesus is the door and He says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3. The called are those who are born again, making them among the King’s chosen. This is the “Once Upon a Time.”
The chosen, are those called according to His purpose…to become conformed to the image of His Son. Those He calls, He justifies. (See Rom. 8:28-30).
“…God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. And it was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2Thess. 2:13,14. Those born again are those chosen for salvation and sanctification, the setting apart from the world, as He carries us from faith to faith in His kingdom. This is the middle of the story.
Faith takes us ever more into the happily ever after. For our faith is not in our own strength or works but in the finished work of Christ, the call of God on our lives that by His grace we are the chosen. He has given us His Spirit to complete His work in us and give us the fullness of His glory.
“Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” 2Peter 1:10,11.
There is a happily ever after for all those who receive the invitation to be among the chosen and faithful. And you don’t have to wait until you die to begin living it. You have been invited, have you accepted?