“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” John 15:16-17
Jesus chose to love us and die for us as individuals. Without Him, we would have no choice and no purpose at all! Our lives would be meaningless. Amazingly, He chose us to be His friends (you will find this earlier in the same chapter) and for an important reason, to bear fruit, the fruit of love. This is the harvest that will abide or last.
“Love never ends” 1 Corinthians 13:8
The worldly fruit we produce (money, knowledge, power, influence) is transient. The fruit of love is eternal. Like so many other topics the Lutheran Ladies have discussed this year, it all comes back to love.
The lesson? Invest your time, talent and energy in the best fruit, the fruit that will last. Cultivate love and give the harvest away. That’s what the Christian life is about.