Thoughts and Ideas

Chosen and Loved

Check out this bible verse.

“Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.” (John 15:2‭, ‬16 HCSB)

This means something special to me. Of course, I’m excited that God promises to answer our prayers. Hooray! This is good news. But there’s a different view we can take of this Bible verse. Let’s take the focus off of what it tells us that we can do through Christ, and instead, let’s take a moment to think about who he says we are.

According to this verse, God isn’t just working with volunteers. When you have volunteer efforts, you Vann offer expect low grade results. “Beggars can’t be choosers,” we often say. But he didn’t wait around for someone to reluctantly raise their hands and volunteer to join him. Instead, he deliberately searched for the people he wanted. He chose us. He chose you.

As the chose chosen few, we can trust that we’re designed to do quality work. Because he selected is with great care, even with all our flaws, God knows we’re going to really give a great outcome. But here’s the catch. It’s not because of what we are capable of, and he didn’t consider our past as proof of what we can do. he’s not impressed by what we’ve done. No, our success is guaranteed because of who he is.

God has all power, all knowledge, all ability. He’s the greatest and the best. He’s good. And he chose us! Isn’t that amazing?

He’s also kind, compassionate, and loving. Unlike other leaders, he’s more interested in giving us his love than in measuring the outcome of our efforts. I feel this deeply and personally. That world around us judges us by our successes, but he judges us by his grace. Like a baby receives love long before it shows any potential, God loved us before we did any good works.

I just love him. If you love him, just tell him that.


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Thoughts and Ideas

Here am I. Send someone else.

I’ve literally prayed that prayer.

Yes, I know that’s awful. I remember the verse that states that he who puts his hand to the plow and turns back isn’t worthy of God. I get it. I understand so much. But my estimation of how effective I can be as a vessel of honor to God… Well, let’s just say that I believed for a long time that I was God’s only mistake.

I am tired today. I took on more than I could handle and I’m way behind. I feel like a failure. And I’m constantly being reminded that any success I’ve had lately isn’t mine. It’s been all a series of dumb luck events combined with people taking up the slack for me. I’m ineffective. I’m poor. I’m weak. I’m a blowhard who can’t back up her words. In short, all my righteousness is like filthy rags. I am nothing.

The good news for me is that your righteousness is also filthy rags. Not because you’re bad. It’s because everyone’s righteousness looks unacceptable to God. None of us has what it takes. That kinda levels the playing field, doesn’t it? It does! And I’m so glad about that.

I’ve got a mission waiting for me tomorrow. I’m going to have a lot of new things to do. And when I do them, I’m going to be joyful because I’m going to findmy success in Christ’s gracious love for me. Join me. Believe, like I do, that it’s by his grace by faith that we’re saved, and we never could earn it. Rest in that beautiful reality. God loves you. He can carry you through.

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