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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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