Tuesday: 14th May, 2019
Reference text: John 15:9-17
John 15:16 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.
In the ‘blame game’, because someone made a choice, the onus falls on them to identify the means to meet the requirements of that decision. In the Gospel today, Jesus uses the statement ‘You did not choose me, I chose you’. From the initial remarks therefore, He is responsible for ensuring that He does all that is necessary to stay true to his choice.
But language can be very interesting because ‘the fact that we didn’t choose Him, does not suggest subsequently that we also CANNOT choose Him’. He makes the initial choice because the desire to have fellowship with us, is his initiative. Hence, He takes the bold step of reaching out to us wherever we are and in whatever state we find ourselves. God stretches his hand first and picks us out- He chooses us.
However, we take these words too literally and fold our arms after we have been chosen. When Peter emphasised on this choosing, he wrote ‘But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light’ (1 Peter 2:9). Simply, we have been chosen to proclaim the excellencies of God.
In other words, we have been chosen to also make a choice; with the choice before us being to ‘also intentionally choose the one who has first chosen us.’ Sweetheart, when this becomes a decision, our attitude towards the things of God will change for the better. Today, I remind you of this :’YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY JESUS, BUT HAVE YOU CHOSEN HIM?