We Are The Chosen Ones

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John 15:16 – (Jesus said) “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 that whatever you ask the Father in My Name, He may give it to you.”
 
How many of you reading this devotion today chose to be born?  In the same way, we cannot choose to be a believer.  We cannot choose to be forgiven.  We cannot choose to go to heaven. 
 
Faith, forgiveness and salvation do not depend on me or anything I do.  As Jesus tells us, we did not choose Him, but He chose us.  God knew that if He left the decision to us, we would make the wrong choice. The only action we can take is to resist Christ and all He offers.
 
However, Jesus further reminds us that we were not chosen to simply sit back and be happy we are His children.  Rather, Jesus chose us to do something!  We are blessed with all that Jesus has earned for us.  We are blessed by having the faith and knowledge of who Jesus is and what He has done for us.
 
We are blessed to be able to respond to what Jesus does in us by producing fruits.  Some of those fruits include sharing Jesus and all He has done with others, by living our lives in such a way that it shows we are different from the world around us, by showing the love Jesus has for us, by helping those around us to see and realize what Jesus has done for them also.
 
Nevertheless, do not misunderstand what Jesus is saying here.  Our fruits, our works, although required through our faith, have nothing to do with our forgiveness or salvation.  Jesus has earned that for us.  Our fruits, our works, are merely signs of our faith, signs that we are forgiven, signs that we have salvation, all because of Jesus and what He has done.
 
Rejoice at what you have, in Christ.  Share what you know, because of Christ.  Let the world see what Jesus has done in you and through you in the lives of others.
 
Prayer:  Father, we thank You that You have reached out to us by Your Holy Spirit, working faith in us that we believe that through Your Son, Jesus, we have forgiveness and salvation.  Help us to live that life that shows You and all You have done for us and others.  In Jesus Name we pray.  Amen.

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