In Matthew 22:14 it reads,
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14, ESV
This scripture is often interpreted incorrectly.
To go into context of where this scripture is in the text, we see that Jesus is telling the parable of the Wedding Feast. In Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus compares heaven to a wedding feast that the king (God), gave to his son (Jesus). At the wedding feast, the king orders his servants (those who have given their life to Christ to advance the kingdom of God) to go out and gather the guests he has invited (the Jews). In Matthew 22:5, Jesus explains how the invited guests refused the invitation and went off tending to their own businesses,
“But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business…” Matthew 22:5, ESV
Because of this, the king then commands his servants to invite those who were not originally invited (the Gentiles-us).
This parable of the Wedding Feast signifies the kingdom of God:
That God has invited everyone to his feast, but not everyone accepts the invitation.
So in the scripture of Matthew 22:14, when Jesus states that many are called, but few are chosen, he is saying that everyone hears the call of God, but not everyone responds to it.
Is there a call on your life that you have neglected to hear or answer?
Have you heard about the name of Jesus but refused to believe in him?
At the end of the parable of the Wedding Feast, there is another important part of scripture that reads,
“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment.” Matthew 22:11, ESV
The wedding garment signifies the covering of grace and righteousness afforded to us by the death of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross so that we could receive grace, mercy and forgiveness from God.
You cannot enter the kingdom of heaven until you have first received the wedding garment- that of Jesus Christ.
God bless you.