“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain.”
We’re living in a hyper-connected world where we can reach anyone at any time with the touch of a button. But we still seem to be more disconnected than we were before the age of smartphones and social media. We can blame it on the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, but the truth is that we don’t have a great many genuine connections with people who matter to us.
In an age when you can get unfollowed or blocked in the blink of an eye, isn’t it encouraging to know that our Lord Jesus Christ has not rejected us. Despite our many weaknesses, He has still chosen us and called us friends (John 15:15). No amount of rejection, disappointment, or tragedy in the world can separate us from the love of God.
When we’re connected to God, we bear fruit for His glory – much like a well-nourished tree. When we consistently feed on the Word of God and remain hydrated in His presence, we’ll start bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives and that fruit will be a blessing to others God has placed around us. The next time you feel dejected in the faith, remember that God chose you, even before you could choose Him. And He is even now blessing you, so you can in turn be a blessing to others.