Scripture Reading:  John 15:12-17

“You did not chose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you.”  (John 15:16)

We must never forget that our salvation is fully the work of God’s grace and mercy.  We were dead in our trespasses and sins, and were by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3).  We were incapable of understanding the things of God (I Corinthians 2:14; Romans 3:11).  Thus we were lost and hopeless, like the rest of mankind.

But God was determined to have a people who will spend eternity with Him.  Therefore, He acted and chose us to be His children:  “Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will” (Ephesians 1:4-5).  Jesus reminded His disciples, “You did not chose Me, but I chose you.”

Before God ever created the universe, He chose us to be His own.  He directed His love toward us long before we were born.  Then He touched us with His Spirit and gave us spiritual life:  “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5).

God chose us to be His children and He has a purpose for our lives:  “(I) appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide…”  We have been chosen by God and appointed to bear lasting fruit in our lives.  This fruit has both an internal aspect and an external aspect.  The internal aspect is Christ-like character.  We are called to be like Christ, to have His mind (Philippians 2:5ff).  God is in the business of molding and shaping us to be more and more like His Son Jesus.

We are also called to bear the fruit of good works:  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).  We are called to live out the gospel before others.  We are the hands and feet of Jesus on earth; we are called to serve others.

Heavenly Father, I am deeply humbled that You chose me to be one of your adopted children.  I know that I am unworthy and undeserving to be called Your own.  Enable me to fulfill Your purpose of bearing lasting fruit in my life.  Give me the mind and heart of Your Son and my Savior Jesus.


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