May 2 – You Are Chosen
We are currently studying our identity through God’s eyes, looking at scriptural truths describing how God sees us as His children. Let these truths penetrate your being, as if God is speaking these words looking right at you. Hang these truths on your mirror so that you will see yourself through His eyes more than through the world’s eyes. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it focused on today’s truth using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
The Vine and the Branches
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
I Am Chosen | Dyea Rowland
I’ve always known the book of John to carry so much love but let this special love soak in today. God chose us; we didn’t choose Him; He chose us. He chose us for a purpose, His purpose., the purpose to have an ongoing, everlasting intimate relationship with Him, Jesus.
I keep thinking of the verse in Matthew — many are called, but few are chosen. Jesus, the invitation goes out to everyone, but not everyone answers the call. You chose me; You knew I would answer, even when I didn’t. I could not imagine a life without You nor do I want to. Thank You for choosing me; let me grow closer in my walk with You – especially lately, as I feel I am backing up.
Father, You always have an open ear, but I don’t always ask. Yet, You still love me; You still chose me. In growing closer with You, help me in that area of asking. You’ve chosen me; I want to please You and be as fruitful as I am able to. In Your name, Jesus…Amen.
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