I thank you, God. In the darkness of the night, I rejoice in the light of your countenance. Grant that peace and joy may penetrate the walls of my resistance. Help me to accept your restoration and keep my vow never again to turn away from you. O God, restore my soul as I go to rest this evening. Give me a calm spirit as I yield to your will. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Daily Archives: May 7, 2021
Psalm 57:8-11 (ESV)
8 Awake, my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!
John 15:12-17 (ESV)
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 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. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
“I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide…” (John 15:16).
Big or small? Eat-in or carryout? Cream and sugar? These are just a few of the many choices we make on a regular basis. They’re largely insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but they do have an effect on us.
Today, let’s focus on one very important choice that Jesus has made and the effect this choice has had on us: his choice for you.
Yes, Jesus chose you, specifically and especially you. You are “precious” and “honored” in his sight (Isaiah 43:4). You belong to him, just as a bride belongs to her husband or brothers and sisters belong to each other in a close family.
Jesus’ love for you isn’t static; it’s dynamic! It inspired him to create the world and give it to you as a gift. It brought you into existence and moved him to become a man for your sake. It compelled him to live like you in all things but sin and to die and to rise. He did it all for you.
What does this say about you? First and foremost, it says that you have been marked by divine love. You have been filled with the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. And yes, it shows that you have been chosen – handpicked – by almighty God to “go and bear fruit that will remain” (John 15:16).
Look around: Jesus has placed you in a mission field. Think about your family. He wants you to express your love to them every day – in your speech, in your thoughts, and in your actions. think about your work. Jesus has placed you there, whatever your daily labor entails, so that you can bring him glory. What about your neighbors, friends, and even strangers? Pray for them, and serve them – and watch with delight as good fruit comes to them as a result.
All around us, there are countless opportunities to bear good and lasting fruit. Why? Because we have been chosen – we have been hand picked and commissioned and empowered – by Jesus himself.
Lord, thank you for your love for me. Help me, like you, to go and bear fruit that will last, to the glory of your name. Amen.