Monday, 21 March 2011

not a random ..

A friend asked me to shed some light and this is what the holy spirit gave me as I sought for some clarity. I thought I knew what the verse means, but I never paused to think about it. 

John 15:16
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you. 
From a little research, I found out that at the time and in thier culture, young men always chose who the wanted as their master and mentor, I'm sure the disciples knew as well that they were not the ones that chose Jesus, but I believe He highlighted it to get a message across. 
So he chose them and ordained( empowered, authorized them) to go to work. What work? The one he started.Putting humanity back on the front burner, and putting the devil on the back foot. This Is about living a victorious life as a Christian.

 And a victorious christian must and will live a life filled with/made up off the fruit of the spirit. Imagine a Christian with no patience..what happens when God says wait .. He'll take it upon himself to mess things up. e.g King Saul. Imagine a Christian with no love, that's just unthinkable. 
Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith,
23 meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
we've seen christians lacking self control and one of the fruit listed here.. but in those situations we all frown at them because we expected better. 

It is in bearing this fruit of the spirit that we are supposed to reach out to the unbelievers, evangelism is involved, but even without evangelism, Our light should shine before all men, that they will see and give glory to our God in heaven (Matt 5:16) and for those who are unbelievers they should see and want to know how we live a life of love, self control, patience, kindness and all. 
After bearing this fruit.. It ought to remain, i.e living a spirit filled life is constant and ongoing for it's then alone our victory is assured. What's the point of being kind to a co-worker and being nasty the following week. 
I know some people are demon-controlled, but it's no excuse. :)

So He has called us to a responsible lifestyle and a life of a growing relationship with Himself. And we have enough grace available to do this. 

Heb 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

peace n love