“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, in my name.” – John 15:16
I’ve always wondered why God chose me – the least of all people, to become His beloved Son. I certainly did not deserve to be saved or be loved by God. On the contrary, I was the worst of sinners for most of my young adult life. Yet, God loved me despite my sinful lifestyle. He patiently waited for the day that I would repent and cry out to Him for His mercy and forgiveness.
Before I was even born, He chose me for salvation and redemption, for reasons only He knows. Likewise, all of us who are called and chosen by God are saved by grace through faith; we did not earn our salvation since it was a free gift of God ¹.
God’s love for us is pure and immeasurable;
it commenced before the foundations of the world.
Before we had any affection for Him, He loved us and ordained us to be holy and blameless in His sight². Therefore, none of us can boast that we are better or more deserving of God’s love than anyone else because we now belong to Christ. Jesus reminded us of this, “I am the One who chose you, you didn’t choose Me.” For what purpose? So that we can produce much fruit. What kind of fruit? Spiritual fruit that endures into eternity
Some of this fruit is described in the Book of Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Are you bearing good fruit? Have you noticed that your life and character has changed for the better since you received Jesus Christ as Savior? Are you being obedient to His commandments? If so, you are truly one of His beloved children. Ask what you will, in Jesus’ name, and the Father will be pleased to give you the desires of your heart.
– Luis Joseph Castle
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1. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
2. “For He chose us in Christ, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love.” – Ephesians 1:4
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