You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
John 15:16 (NIV)
Read: John 15-16
Consider: We come to a truth in John 15 that many people find hard to accept. This truth is that God chooses us. If we are honest, we find it impossible to explain why God would choose us. We know what we are really like and we think that if God only knew he would not choose us. I can assure you God knows you inside out, every quirk, every foible, every vice, every sin. He knows your darkest secrets, and all your thoughts. Despite this, he still chooses you. God doesn’t choose you because of any inherent goodness in you. Elsewhere in the Bible it is clearly shown that it is because of our sinfulness, not our goodness, that God calls us to him. It is a measure of God’s grace that he calls undeserving sinners to himself.
In a previous post on John’s gospel we saw that Jesus was sent into the world for a purpose – to bring about our forgiveness through his death and resurrection. The verse from John 15 quoted above tells us clearly that we are called for a purpose. No Christian is called by God to sit back and enjoy a leisurely life, secure in the knowledge that they are forgiven. Being secure in the knowledge that we are forgiven, should spur us on to share the good news of the gospel – in John’s words ‘… to bear fruit’.
If you are a Christian the word for you today is that God has a work for you to do. It is to work with him in sharing the gospel and to win souls for him – the only fruit that will last.
If you are not a Christian my prayer for you is that you clearly see that God has set his sights on winning you for himself. Don’t ignore God’s call. There is nothing you have done that is so bad as to keep you from God’s love and forgiveness.
Pray: Father, thank you that you set your sights on us to save us. Your grace is so enormous that even those who think they are beyond salvation can experience your forgiveness and new life in Christ. Amen