Wednesday, June 2, 2004

John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. (NIV)

I can remember when I was young, and played for my street soccer team in Scotland. Before a game, the two best players lined everyone else up on the sidewalk and began to choose players alternately. Each time a selection was made, you could see the fear and anxiety in everyone's face. Inwardly, we were all thinking, "Choose me next!" At the same time, we were also praying, "Don't leave me till the end!" It was a mark of shame and a dent in a young boy's pride to be chosen last. I know that to be true, because I experienced it several times.

Thank God that Christ does not choose people sequentially. He chooses us not only because He loves us, but also because we have gifts and talents, qualities and characteristics that are unique and much needed for His ministry on earth. Wherever we are and whatever we do, Christ always gives us opportunities to make an impact with our faith. He expects us to bear fruit with our lives, especially when we are around other people in our homes, our churches, or our workplaces. Today, He has chosen you and me to fulfill His work in our community. His blessing and favour are upon us. Now let's go out and show Jesus that His choice was the right one.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for choosing us. We are not worthy of Your holiness, but we are delighted to be blessed by Your choice. Guide us and help us to bear witness to Your love. Help us to share Your grace with all whom You have chosen for us to meet this day. In Your holy name we pray. Amen.

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