Categories: Inspiration

trees 1“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” (John 15:16, NLT)

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I don’t have a specific series this week, but each day will tie together and you will see a common thread. If you’re still struggling with what I posted yesterday about being qualified, then you need to know that you’ve also been chosen. He doesn’t qualify you because He has to, He qualifies you because He has chosen you.

In this passage, Jesus is speaking to His disciples. It was customary in that day that the disciples chose the teachers. As is customary with Jesus, He does things and says things that relate to customary traditions and usually oppose those traditions. He’s making a point that they didn’t choose Him, He chose them and He chose them to go and produce fruit.

Many times we say, and hear others say, that they chose Jesus. I know what they are saying and I’m not saying that’s wrong but we need to change our mindset and understand that we may have chosen to follow Jesus, but He chose us long before we chose Him.

The day that the creation of you began, He chose you. He chose you and appointed you to go and produce fruit, not just any fruit but lasting fruit. Fruit in the natural eventually spoils and rots and becomes no good but God is saying He wants us to produce lasting fruit. He doesn’t want us to have fruit that eventually rots and is no good, He wants us to have supernatural fruit that will never rot, it will never spoil, and it will be lasting.

You have been chosen. Chosen for a specific, unique purpose that only you can fulfill. Appointed means: predetermined; arranged; set: provided with what is necessary; equipped; furnished. What God has chosen and appointed you to do was already predetermined, arranged, and set. You’ve been provided with what is necessary, you’ve been equipped, and you’ve been furnished with everything you need.

You have been chosen, and you will produce lasting fruit.

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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