You did not choose 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

 

There is more than one way to view the total meaning and implication of this verse. However, regardless of your theology, I believe that there is an overarching truth to it that is common to all. It seems clear that God chooses us; we do not get to choose our God. There is one and only one God, and He is sovereign over every aspect of the universe. Out of that sovereignty and because of His desire to be engaged with people in a form of relationship that is voluntary and that we desire to be in, He does grant us humans the ability to accept or to reject Him. Still, God calls to us, and He has designed for each of us a purpose and a plan for living in a manner that is productive for the sake of His Kingdom.

 

God does not call us into His holiness and grant us His righteousness in order for us to be superior and segregated from our world. Rather, Christ performs His transformative work in us so that we would gain His ability to see sin as it is and to fearlessly engage it head on. He also grants us His wisdom and understanding to use in speaking God’s truth into the hearts and the minds of a desperately lost world. It is God’s truth, when delivered in a package of His grace and mercy, which brings justice, righteousness, and peace into the world. This is the fruit that Christ desires to see. He wants to view a great harvest of lives that are eternally changed and to smell the sweet aroma of an unending bounty of love, peace, and reconciliation.

 

This is a fruit that lasts. As it is deeply rooted and attached to its true source of life in Christ, it draws sustaining nourishment and growth producing understanding from the Spirit. This should lead us into living a life that is centered on the Father and on desiring to know and to follow His will. As God makes Himself known to us, we are called to serve Him in ways that He deliberately and uniquely gifts and equips us for. It is out of this profoundly intimate relationship with God through Christ that we are provided with the sort of wisdom and understanding which leads us to seek out the Father’s calling for our lives. From this place of absolute trust we can fearlessly ask God to grant us His blessing upon the ways that we are seeking to join Christ in the unending work of tending His vineyard.

Jesus said, “You did not choose 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

 

Contained in these words is one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith. Although everyone is given the opportunity to accept God’s invitation, He picked you and me. He chose us, His people, and He says with all of His heart that He wants us to be with Him in every way possible. Also, for some strange reason that only God knows, He wants this to be for a period of time that starts at this moment and continues beyond the counting of days. There is something uncomfortably comforting in this thought, for I truly delight in the idea that the Creator of all is this aware of my existence; yet, this awareness requires me to respond to Him.

 

This understanding that God possesses of us is not just some sort of surface knowledge, either, like counting the items in an inventory. Christ truly gets me. He knows the thoughts that are beneath the ones that I am starting to form. He knows my most hidden secrets, and He is fully aware of the totality of my potential strength. God views my life as one that is defined by infinite and unstoppable potential, and He views your life in the same manner. God reveals His perspective to us; so, as a result of His revelation, He wants us to look on other people and see what He sees.

 

Jesus picked each of us to be the objects of His love so that we can start to live in a manner that brings all of the wondrous and magnificent gifts, talents, and skills that God designed into us out into the open. Then we can have a life changing, world renewing influence on others also. As we embrace Christ’s calling and believe His words of truth about ourselves, we are granted the grace and the freedom to seek to love others and to serve Him out of that love. We are led by Christ to love others and to pray continually for their salvation and restoration. When we do this, Christ promises to us that the sweet fruit of our belief will carry on forever.

 

You did not choose 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

 

There is more than one way to view the total meaning and implication of this verse. However, regardless of your theology, I believe that there is an overarching truth to it that is common to all. It seems clear that God chooses us; we do not get to choose our God. There is one and only one God, and He is sovereign over every aspect of the universe. Out of that sovereignty and because of His desire to be engaged with people in a form of relationship that is voluntary and that we desire to be in, He does grant us humans the ability to accept or to reject Him. Still, God calls to us, and He has designed for each of us a purpose and plan for living in a manner that is productive for the sake of His Kingdom.

 

God does not call us into His holiness and grant us His righteousness in order for us to be superior and separated from our world. Rather, Christ performs His transformative work in us so that we would gain His ability to see sin as it is and to fearlessly engage it head on. He also grants us His wisdom and understanding to use in speaking God’s truth into the hearts and the minds of a desperately lost world. It is God’s truth, when delivered in a package of His grace and mercy, which brings justice, righteousness, and peace into the world. This is the fruit that Christ desires to see. He wants to view a great harvest of lives that are eternally changed and to smell the sweet aroma of an unending bounty of love, peace, and reconciliation.

 

This is a fruit that lasts. As it is deeply rooted and attached to its true source of life in Christ, it draws sustaining nourishment and growth producing understanding from the Spirit. This should lead us into living a life that is centered on the Father and on desiring to know and to follow His will. As God makes Himself known to us, we are called to serve Him in ways that He specially and uniquely gifts and equips us for. It is out of this profoundly intimate relationship with God through Christ that we are provided with the sort of wisdom and understanding which should lead us to seek out the Father’s calling for our lives. From this place of absolute trust we can fearlessly ask God to grant us His blessing upon the ways that we are seeking to join Christ in the tending of His vineyard.

Jesus said, “You did not choose 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

 

Contained in these words is one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith. Although everyone is given the opportunity to accept God’s invitation, He picked you and me. He chose us, His people, and He says with all of His heart that He wants us to be with Him in every way possible. Also, for some strange reason that only God knows, He wants this to be for a period of time that starts at this moment and continues beyond the counting of days. There is something uncomfortably comforting in this thought, for I truly delight in the idea that the Creator of all is this aware of my existence; yet, this awareness requires me to respond to Him.

 

This understanding that God possesses of us is not just some sort of surface knowledge, either, like counting the items in an inventory. Christ truly gets me. He knows the thoughts that are beneath the ones that I am starting to form. He knows my most hidden secrets, and He is fully aware of the totality of my potential strength. God views my life as one that is defined by infinite and unstoppable potential, and He views your life in the same manner. God reveals His perspective to us; so, He wants us to look on other people and see what He sees.

 

Jesus picked each of us to be the objects of His love so that we can start to live in a manner that brings all of the wondrous and magnificent gifts, talents, and skills that God designed into us out into the open. Then we can have a life changing, world renewing influence on others also. As we embrace Christ’s calling and believe His words of truth about ourselves, we are granted the grace and the freedom to seek to love others and to serve Him out of that love. We are led by Christ to love others and to pray continually for their salvation and restoration. When we do this, Christ promises to us that the sweet fruit of our belief will carry on forever.