“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so whatever you ask in my Father’s name, he may give it to you.”-John 15:16
It is common to hear people say that they “have made a decision for Christ,” implying that they have decided to follow him. Though “deciding for Christ” is true on one level, the deeper truth is that Jesus made a decision for us, calling us his friends. He invites us to join him on his mission, living the kingdom life. He wants us to practice life and peace, spreading the message of shalom to a world mired in conflict and unrest. I think of the animals that the white witch turned to stone in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Lewis, 1950/1973). They became lifeless shells of who they once were, but once King Aslan arrived, he breathed life into them and then brought them along on his redemptive mission.
We too have received the breath of life from our friend, King Jesus. He beckons us to join him on his fruit bearing mission by becoming love as his ambassadors.
Jesus, thank you for choosing me and keeping me. Forgive my rebellious departures and keep me plugged into you, the only true vine. May my life bear fruit in every season, always and forever in your name. Amen.