John 15:16 The Message Bible says,
“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.”
Jesus, in wanting to encourage His disciples, expressed how He chose them. He appointed them to go and produce lasting fruit. They were to be His disciples, spreading the gospel to all who would hear; and in doing so, the Father would give them whatever they asked for, in Jesus name. They were to pray unto the Father using the name of Jesus.
The Life Application Study Bible says, “Jesus made the first choice—to love and to die for us, to invite us to live with him forever. We make the next choice—to accept or reject his offer. Without his choice, we would have no choice to make.”
We were chosen, not because of anything that we did, but because Jesus loved us. God sent His beloved son, who chose to sacrifice His life for our life, so that we, too, could be appointed to go and produce lasting fruit. We have the privilege of praying to God in the name of Jesus and receiving whatever we ask in the will of God.
Lord, let Your will be done!
Because of Jesus’ choice, we were given a choice to accept this gift of salvation and to share it with others.
As I lay here tonight, trying my best to fall asleep on the eve of yet another Mother’s Day, my mind and heart turns to another view of being chosen.
For those mother’s out there who may stumble across this expression of faith, no matter the circumstances that surround how you or I became a parent, I believe and trust that God chose us and paired us with the specific children that we were meant to disciple and produce lasting fruit, within our assignment of motherhood. That child that sometimes gives us such a hard time or has turned their back on God and the teachings that we placed within them, God knew that the special anointing He has placed over our individual lives would be the key to our sons and daughters choosing Him as the Lord of their lives.
We pray for them. We minister to them in multitudes of ways. We are diligently doing the assignment that was given to us by God. But where is the fruit, that lasting fruit that should be growing out of our efforts at attempting to be the best mom’s that we can possibly be? Do we fall short, sometimes? Absolutely, but then we turn to God and pray in Jesus’ name for direction. He gives it to us and we go forth as directed; yet, sometimes their stubborn wills continue to reject truth.
I know for me, I sometimes ask the questions, “How long, God? How long must things seem to be off track and out of order and in disarray? God, I am not seeing the fruit that I am to be producing in my own child? I am giving my all and have prayed and asked in Jesus’ name for guidance and direction and wisdom and knowledge and understanding? God when will I begin to see some fruit in this situation?”
Just like we had to make a choice, they too have a chance to choose and accept this gift of salvation. For some, it takes longer and it takes going through a plethora of situations and circumstances before their wills can be broken and God’s will revealed to them and to those who love them.
Don’t give up, mom!
All that you have instilled in them, it’s there. They may be running now, but we must keep the faith and stand on the Word of God. We were chosen to bear fruit within the lives of our children. If we don’t pray for them, who will? If we won’t fight for them, who will? We must continue to pray and ask in the name of Jesus that God will bring deliverance in their lives.
According to Luke 19:10 (NLT), “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” This was His purpose in coming, not just for you and I but for our children.
Thank God that according to 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT), “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
When we lack patience and get tired and weary, thank God for His patience and His desire that no one be destroyed, but that everyone would repent.
Acts 16:31 (NLT) says,
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”
God’s promises are true! What we have received, God has made it readily available for our children. God is still working and He is still moving. He is in control and none of His plans will fail.
Keep Believing! Keep bearing fruit and ministering right where God has placed you! Continue to do the will of the Father and walk in this gift of being chosen through the sacrifice that Jesus made, to be a disciple within your own home.
Happy Mother’s Day! Be joyful in knowing that it is not finished until God says so!
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