“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.” John 15:16
Jesus had been talking to the disciples about His being the vine and they were the branches. Now He tells them that He was the one who chose them, not they choosing Him. And that the purpose of His choosing them was so they could go out and bear fruit.
People like to be chosen. They want to know that they are important and are needed. Little children love to be chosen when they are playing a game that is made up of teams. Many times some children are left on the side or chosen last.
No one likes to be left on the side bench, or be chosen last. It makes a person feel as though they are not really wanted. It makes them feel as they though they have no value or purpose.
Many people who are chosen, however, do not realize that they were chosen for a purpose. There are a lot of believers who feel as though they are chosen just to escape death and hell. God has a bigger purpose than just saving the individual. It is not just about one person, but about the kingdom of God.
Every believer has been chosen by Jesus to carry on His work in this world. They are to bear fruit that will last all eternity. The only fruit that will last for all eternity is the salvation of the souls of people. Jesus came to save every person. The believers work is to keep that going until every person is saved.
If you are a believer in Jesus, it is not just to save you and make life better for you. There is a bigger purpose than that. Salvation is just a small piece of the puzzle.
God wants you to go out and testify to others about Jesus. He wants you to plant more seeds of the gospel into the lives of others. Planting those seeds will bring about much more fruit. When that fruit is harvested, God’s kingdom will grow much larger.
You have a purpose and meaning in this life. It is to be a witness of Jesus. Stop searching for purpose and start producing fruit for God.
I pray today that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that you will be a witness to others of who Jesus is; and that your life will bear eternal fruit for God.