Today’s devotion: Jesus chose us to bear fruit
Text: John 15:16: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you
If there is a characteristic of Jesus that we can highlight is his unconditional love. Within the records of antiquity, we can see that Jesus was one of the first men to value children, women – with very little value until then – and those who lived marginalized from society: prostitutes, the sick and even tax collectors.
This bothered many people because the Messiah was not between the “pomp of the tabernacles” and the atmosphere of the Pharisees. Jesus was found in the middle of the town, among the children or on the shore of the beach among the fishermen. Many religious questioned that behavior, but Jesus was categorical: “It is not healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. And I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
Jesus chose us! Amid several other people, God extended his hand and reached us with his forgiveness. He picked us by his grace – not by merit – by his unconditional love. Like us, Jesus chose those fishermen as his disciples before they chose him as a teacher and master. The result of this election was the edification of each one’s life – a permanent fruit – so that they could spread the seed of the gospel of salvation to all the elect.
Jesus chose us and as disciples, we have a mission: to preach the gospel of the Lord to those who still do not know that Jesus has called them to a life of joy and victory.
Acting as chosen
- Read the Bible and stay within your noble mission. When we meditate on the Word, we become aware of what we should do and the promises that have already been released for those who are chosen by God.
- Preach the Gospel. When we share the Word, we are extending Jesus’ call to the world.
- Do everything so that the name of Jesus is magnified. There is power in his name, and you can achieve great things by proclaiming the name of Jesus.
- It is only in your bearing fruit that Christ can be glorified.
Lord Jesus, you chose me to bear fruit. I am very grateful for having rescued me. Pour out your favor on me, give me the courage to preach your Word to those who still need to hear your name. Amen.
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