Chosen to Produce
Updated: Sep 18, 2021
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. John 15:16
Before I was born, before I was a thought in my parents’ mind – I was chosen by Christ. Christ chose me to love, to teach, to fight for and to die for.
We were not chosen to elevate ourselves by declaring “I am the Chosen One”. We were chosen to glorify God and declare “I am a chosen one of many”. We are not chosen for appearance sake – we are chosen AND appointed to go forward and produce lasting fruit.
Christ tells us in John 15:1: I am the true grapevine and my Father is the gardener. Christ goes on to tell us in John 15:5: Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
Through the first half of my season, I was a fractured branch dangling from the vine. And with the fracture I experienced pain, weakness, trauma. I had to anchor myself in God’s Word to begin healing that fracture because I could do nothing. I had to learn that God is the gardener – planting, pruning, cultivating. Christ is the grapevine – a single vine supporting many branches. I was the branch – growing from the love of Christ.
I had to submit, commit and accept the pruning of my branch. I had to remain in Christ so that I could begin healing and producing good fruit.
Fruits of the Spirit as told to us in Galatians 5:22-23: But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Christian Qualities as told to us in 2 Peter 1:5-8: In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ selected us first and decided that we should have thoughts, words, and deeds that are aligned to the Fruits of the Spirit and of Christian quality. In obedience to Christ, it is our responsibility to supply and provide to others the fruit that grows on our branches.
With that obedience comes the promise that no matter what we ask of God, in Christ name, He will give to us.
Remain in Christ. Tend to your branch daily that it may not become fractured.
Declaration: Declare today, I am one of many chosen by Christ.
Action: Study God’s Word. Meditate on John 15:1-17 Jesus Teaches about the Vine and the Branches.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for choosing me to love, teach, nurture and grow. Help me to tend to the daily care of my branch by staying in Your Word. Continue to remove from me any fruit that appears on my branch that does not meet Your standards. Favor me with producing lasting fruits that I may share and supply with others. In Jesus Name. Amen