“For many are invited ..."
For this reason God sends His loving servants - His representatives - to canvas us. He also sends us repeated messages from within. He teaches us continuously - through the lessons of this world and directly through His representatives - that this place is not our home, and we will not be truly happy until we return to Him and resume our original loving relationship with Him.
This equates to Adam choosing not to love God: Instead of obeying God and therefore putting God's wishes first - Adam chose to put himself first: He became self-centered.
"... but few are chosen.”Just as we have the choice to leave God, we have the choice to return to Him. We can decide at any time that we want to return to Him, and He will direct us on the path home.
This takes effort. And we have to be determined. We have to work at it. We must prove to God - and ourselves - that we really want to return to Him. We have to prove that it isn’t just a passing phase.
There is an expression for this: We might lose a fight, but this doesn’t mean we will lose the war. In other words, we must have the determination - and reliance upon the Supreme Being - to get back up, dust ourselves off, and continue on the road towards re-establishing our relationship with Him. If we are serious about returning to Him, we must make a determined and sustained effort - while relying upon His mercy.
Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)
Accepting the Lord's purpose means being ready to enter into God’s world, where the Supreme Being is the center. Currently we think that we are the center of the universe and everyone and everything revolves around me. This is the consciousness of the physical world - the opposite of the consciousness of the spiritual realm.
This means in order to be chosen we must have a change of heart. We must accept the Supreme Being as being the center of the universe, and my life revolves around Him. This consciousness marks the beginning point for an appropriate relationship with the Supreme Being.
This contrasts with many of the teachings of ecclesiastical sectarian institutions and their teachers who teach us to ask God for anything we want - like God is some sort of super waiter or genie. They teach that God is just waiting around for us to ask Him for stuff - and we should pray to Him for money, success and health.
Yet this is a self-centered approach to the Supreme Being and will not result in being chosen. This consciousness still puts us as the center with God revolving around me.
Jesus illustrated the consciousness he wanted us to develop as he prayed to God:
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matt. 26:39)
(For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Book of Matthew without institutional sectarian influence, see the Gospels of Jesus - translated from the original Greek texts.)