God chose us and found us.
We didnt find God. He wasnt lost, we were lost. He chose us for a purpose, to
go and bring forth fruit. Not just to bring forth fruit in season but also out of season.
In good times as well as difficult times. God expects fruit from us. The question is
whether you are bringing forth the fruit where you are. Are you doing Gods will
where He placed you? God doesnt just expect fruit from us, but fruit that will last.
Only the fruit that will last will receive the Lords stamp of approval. Our
second-hand work is not good enough for Him.
We read in Eph 1:4, "For he chose us in him before the
creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight"
We are Christs because He died for us. We will be
fruit-bearers if we are willing to take up our cross and die with Him. To say, not my
will, not my way, not what I want, but what God wants. Do you know that life? It is no
accident that when Jesus had commanded us to go and bear fruit, He went and died for us.
Our calling must always be in the shadow of the Cross of Christ. The only fruit that will
last is the fruit that grows on the Cross. Why did God choose us, we sinners who are
doomed and damned for all eternity? We find the answer in Ephesians, "He chose us in
Him" (Eph 1:4).
During the time when many families left England to go to America,
there was a poor family that also wanted to go. They saved every last penny to buy the
tickets and the mother prepared rusks for the months-long journey so that they will have
something to eat on the ship. After they had travelled for many days, the young boy of the
family begged his father for some money so he could buy himself something different to eat
than the rusks they ate each day. The father felt sorry for his son and gave him a little
of the money they had left. The boy stayed away for a long time and when he returned he
told his parents how he enjoyed himself with ice-cream and steak and everything else that
he could eat until he was full. His father asked him whether the little money he had was
enough for all of that. The boy answered that after he had his first ice-cream and he
wanted to pay, they told him that all the meals on the ship were included with the tickets
they bought to board the ship. In the same way when you are in Christ, all the fullness of
Christs is yours. We are sinners, but we are saved, sanctified and cleansed in Him.
You are precious to the Father if you are in the Son and abide in Him.
We were dead in our sins and trespasses. Yet He chose us before
the foundations of the earth was laid, and appointed us that we should go and bear fruit.
We might ask, what it means to be appointed to bear fruit. If we
read the whole chapter in its context, the fruit that we should bear consists of two
things. Firstly the love to each other, and then the love for sinners. That we should win
people for Christ. Whoever we meet should feel the love of Christ that goes out to them
from our lives. Through that the Name of Jesus is glorified. But if we get married and
only mind each other and forget others, it is not good.
The life of the vine flows through the branches. Gods love
flows through into His branches. The Bible says that the husband should love the wife as
Christ loves the church, and gave Himself for the church, so that He might cleanse and
sanctify and make His church holy (Eph 5:25-28). That is the duty of the husband with his
He said, "a new commandment I give unto you that you love one
another as I have loved you" (John 13:34). Its not how a friend loves a friend
but how God loves us!
We can only bear that fruit if we abide in Him, as He said
"abide in My love" (John 15:9). He also said, "in this is My Father
glorified that you bear much fruit". Its time that we ask ourselves whether we
love each other with a divine love, the way God loved us and the way the Father loves the
Son and the Son loves the Father.