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.
It’s a little hard to wrap your head around this, but the God of the universe chose you.
He spoke to your heart and drew you to Himself. Before the world even began, God chose you to be his child.
Now before you go all theological on me, set aside all the theological implications, arguments you may have heard about predestination and man’s free will. It’s easy to get sidetracked and miss the beauty of this incredible promise. To be honest, after all these years in ministry, I still struggle with bringing them together.
For just a moment, focus on this incredible picture of God’s love toward you. God chose you to be His child. You had nothing of value to offer God. You were no better than anyone else. The Bible says that on your very best day, your very best works are like filthy rags before Him. (Isaiah 64:6) There is absolutely no reason for God to choose you, but He did. He chose you and called you to be His child.
Imagine a couple walking into an orphanage with the desire to adopt a new member into their family. For some reason, they are drawn to a particular little child. That child has nothing to offer them, nothing to justify becoming a new member of their family. However, they choose that little girl because their heart reaches out to her. They see in her what she can’t see in herself. Their love, not her worthiness, brings her into this new family.
One day God looked down and saw you. You were filthy, defeated, and a captive to your own sinful desires. You had no hope, no future, and no spiritual family. His love reached out and touched you. He chose you for His own. God began working in your heart. The Holy Spirit began calling out to you until by faith you came to Him. Now you are his child, His son or daughter, part of the family of God.
Look at that promise one more time.
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. – John 15:16
Confess this with me.
Before I ever knew Him, God chose me.
I had and have nothing to offer Him.
It was His incredible love that reached out to me.
I am His child today because He loves me so much.
In Jesus Name,
God loved you so much that He chose you to be His own. If you can grasp just a little of this promise, it will transform your life.
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