You did not choose me, but I chose you ...

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go
and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father
in my name, he may give it to you.

The inclination of many when they read this verse is to go all theological. I have gone there and it is usually, in light of bearing fruit, an unfruitful discussion. But what does thrill me about this verse is that we, who name the name of Christ, have been chosen and appointed to carry on the ministry of Jesus who proclained this to be his mission:
“The Spirit of the Lord zis upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and crecovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”
This is the ministry that will bear much fruit and and cause our prayers to be answered. This is the  mission statement that elevates us as believers and as human beings as a whole. The word Christ in Greek means anointed one and we who are Christians are marked by the same anointing to proclaim the same good news that our Lord speaks of in this verse.

Thank you Lord for choosing and anointing me to bear fruit and share the good news.

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