In the Gospel reading today from John 15, we hear Jesus tell the disciples, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you.”
Have you ever heard the phrase, “The Chosen One?” Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars had that title. A few egotistical sports personalities have given themselves the name. This distinction is certainly not handed on to someone like you or me…or is it? Jesus has, indeed, chosen you and “appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain.” What an honor!!
Ever have a time in your life where you really just felt unwanted? Like the poor kid in gym class who always got picked last for the dodgeball game? Ever wonder if anyone really cares? The next time that thought crosses your mind, remember this Scripture. Jesus has chosen you! Yes, YOU!! How’s that for a little spiritual confidence booster?
Father, we thank you that Your Son, Jesus, has chosen us. Help us to always recognize our chosen-ness, and do all that we can to bear that fruit that you have appointed us to bear. Amen.