I love John 15:16 which says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” Here is part of a new song:
Precious life. I chose you before the foundation of the world. You are Mine, irrevocably Mine. Don’t seek any other. You are Mine for eternity. I called you from the womb. Your name is always on My lips. You are My fragrance sweet. Like a flower bud opening. Enter in come enter into My love.
Ephesians 1:4 says, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”
God chose Noah. He saved Noah, his family, and some animals, but destroyed every living thing. Out of Noah’s three son’s He chose Shem. Out of Shem’s sons He chose Terah. Out of Terah’s three sons He chose Abram. Out of all mankind, He chose you. Not only that, but He has placed you in this time of history, in the country of His choice, and with the family He placed you in. Stop and think about it.
Acts 17:26 says, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.”
God called Abram out of where he was, to go to where he had never been before. He took him out of his comfort zone. Genesis 12:1 says, “…Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. Verse 2 says, “…and you shall be a blessing.” Abram obeyed and we are part of his fruit. You and I are part of Abram’s blessing.
Romans 4:1 says, “When then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?” Verse 3 says that when Abram believed God, it was accounted to him for righteousness. Where do we get our righteousness? When we believe. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Let’s go back to John 15:16. God chose you to bear fruit for His glory. What does that look like? Verse 5 in the Amplified says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me (cut off from vital union with Me) you can do nothing.”
What is the Lord asking you to leave behind that is hindering your fruit? What is usurping your quiet time of abiding in Him? Our strength comes from being not doing.