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, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
This is it guys! Here it is – right there, the mystery of predestination. Jesus made this statement to his beloved friends, I guess as a gesture of reassurance. These ordinary, regular, everyday people like you and I; suddenly hijacked from their earthly vocation and lifestyle for a greater calling. The didn’t feel worthy, didn’t feel qualified, didn’t feel deserving of this privilege position. It’s like being called upon to play for Athletico Madrid! You are there in the dressing room thinking, my goodness; Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Deborah, Esther, David, Samuel, Daniel… Then you look at the bench, the reserve team, the coaching staff, the management, the operations team, the fans – you feel like a fraud; you want to runaway. Then suddenly, a tap on your shoulder; you turnaround and it’s that firebrand himself – Paul of Tarsus, and he says:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
He explains to you how he felt so unworthy after all he had done to stop the good news; then each player with similar story but varying intensity, then the staff, then the fans…
Wow! You say to yourself – I’m in good company. Now you can see how I caught ADHD. These days dear friends; I can’t sit still, can’t sit down, can’t keep quiet. I just find myself seeking people’s attention so I can tell of the goodness of Jesus. Don’t wanna be a Jesus freak, but I can’t help myself!!!