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Chosen and appointed

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 26 days ago | 2895 views Link: https://goo.gl/tNs722

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Yesterday was Christmas Day, the day we have chosen to celebrate the birth of our Savior.  Christmas is celebrated by multitudes of people around the world and in many different ways.  For many it’s just another holiday without necessarily a spiritual meaning, but for Christians it’s a day to focus on the incarnation; God taking on human flesh as a baby.  What a wonder that the great Creator of all things could be lying in a manger requiring care from His mother!

But that baby grew to be a man and surrounded Himself with disciples who followed Him and heard words like no other man had ever spoken; the very words of God.  Those disciples left their fishing nets and tax collecting and other things to follow Him.  They decided that He had the words of life and they needed the living words and the living water He had to offer.  They made wise decisions to follow Him.

The apostle John records one of the wonderful conversations Jesus had with His disciples in chapter 15 of his gospel.  Jesus teaches them that He is the vine and they are the branches drawing life and nourishment from Him and without Him they can do nothing.  He tells them that they are not called servants but are now called friends.  The relationship is more intimate.  They would be very glad they had chosen to follow Him.

But Jesus tells them an important truth.  He 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.”

Although they made a choice to follow Him, He had initiated the choosing by choosing them first.  They would not have come without His choosing them and seeking them out.   He chose them and called them to Himself individually.  At His calling, they followed.

But He went beyond the choosing of them to appointing them to bear fruit.  He assures that those He has chosen and called will bear fruit by giving them the Spirit to dwell within them and bear fruit.  In the context of the conversation, He mentions one of the fruits produced by the Spirit.  He commanded them to love one another as He loved.  He loved them to the point of laying down His life to make atonement for sin. 

In our day, He is still choosing disciples to follow Him and still giving the Spirit to produce the same fruit.  We may not be called to lay down our lives for someone else or for His name, but we certainly are called to love one another.  May He produce that selfless love within us.  May we look for ways to show love, not only to our families during this season, but to others at all seasons.  May we demonstrate by our love that we have been chosen by Him and have chosen to follow Him.

Dale

 

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Mary Leadbetter

Yes, amen.

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