Tuesday, January 31, 2012
New International Version (NIV)
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
What does that verse mean?
Let's see what the Matthew Henry Commentary says:
We must be fruitful. From a vine we look for grapes (Isa. 5:2 ), and from a Christian we look for Christianity; this is the fruit, a Christian temper and disposition, a Christian life and conversation, Christian devotions and Christian designs. We must honour God, and do good, and exemplify the purity and power of the religion we profess; and this is bearing fruit.
When I first got my tattoo that says Chosen John 15:16 I was getting it because God had spoken to me during a Bible Study. He told me to use the word Chosen and not the word I had picked out. I remembered the verse John 15:16 You did not chose me I chose you says the Lord. But I never remembered the rest of it. I thought I was just to remember that God chose me. When no one else wanted me
I am so glad that God chose me. He chose me to be His child. He chose me to be the mother of my kids. He chose me to adopt a child. He chose me to be a special needs mama. He chose me for this journey.He did.
Then the past few weeks God has been talking to both Paul and I and molding and shaping our hearts more.(I know shock and aw we aren't perfect yet,lol) He kept reminding me of my tattoo on my foot. Chosen. Chosen. Chosen. He reminded me of the scripture. I looked it up over and over again. Then it was like a light bulb went off. "go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you."
I never realized the rest of that verse and when I did it hit me like an ah ha moment. God chose me to go bear fruit. I pray I always do just that.
So He really did pick the perfect word for my foot.