READ : John 15:12-17
It became a kind of “life-verse” for me. My friend Jack gave it to me on a Scripture-memory card the night he led me to Christ. This is how I first learned it: “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and appointed you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain” (v. 16).
Those words of Jesus gave me a sense of destiny. My mother had wanted me to be an actor. My uncle was pushing me toward law school. I had dreams of playing professional baseball. Now I learned that God had something for me to do a life-mission. That captured my heart.
The promise of it stirred my imagination. As I moved into God’s purpose, whatever that would be, as I learned to abide in Christ, he would make my ministry fruitful. And the fruit would remain. It would have enduring value. It would count for something big and lasting God’s kingdom.
It has been fifty-four years since that night under a street light when Jesus called me and claimed me. These words of promise inspire and encourage me still. I commend them to you. I have no hollow regrets.
Thank you for choosing us, Lord, and for sending us to bear lasting fruit. Amen.