You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. John 15:16
You did not choose Me but I chose you… I chose you!!!
Have you ever been the last team member chosen for a game, and it was obvious you were chosen because you were the only one left, not because they really wanted you? Many of us have experienced this in our childhood. Some even as adults. As I read John 15:16, it speaks to me of our Father’s great love for us, and of His desire for us.
16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
We did not choose Jesus first. Jesus chose us. He wants us. He knows us. He knows our flaws, our mistakes, our weaknesses and our insecurities. He knows every single thing about us and He still wants us. He still choose us. He still choose me. He still choose You.
The way of the world is to choose the best, the strongest, the “most valuable” in order to guarantee success. But that is not God’s way.
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, "If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 [NLT]
God knows who and what we are when He chooses us. But that doesn’t change His heart towards us. He knows the plans that He has for us. Plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Plans to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
At the beginning of John 15, Jesus tells His chosen to abide in Him and He in us.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5
To bear the fruit which He has appointed us to bear, we MUST abide in Him and He in us. This means, it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ Who lives His life in me. (Galatians 2:20)
With Jesus living in us, our thoughts change. Our desires change. Our habits change. Our life changes. And the Spiritual fruit that we are now able to bear will remain!!! It is not a temporary growth. Nor does this fruit come and go depending on our circumstances, but fruit that is constant…
7 "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. 8 "For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
and ever increasing in our lives.
3 We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel 6 which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth; Colossians 1:3-6
And lastly, because He chose us, and has appointed us to bear fruit which is to remain, we can come boldly before His throne. And whatever we ask of the Father in Jesus’ Name, He may give it to us (Hebrews 4:16, John 15:16).
I hope and pray that you are as encouraged as I am by knowing that you were not chosen as an afterthought, or because you were the last option. God chose you before the foundation of the world. And knowing every one of your shortcomings, He still, with purpose of heart and great love, chose you and appointed you to bear much fruit!
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. Ephesians 1:2-4