John 15:16 NIV
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
Can you imagine the God of the universe, the Creator of all things good and all things excellent choosing us to be members of His family, and spend eternity with Him?
Scripture says Jesus chose us, and not only chose us, but has a special task for each of us. This task is to bear fruit for Him, and not just bear fruit for the sake of numbers, (or to fill the basket) but fruit that will last. This fruit is also to be seen as holiness and righteousness in people’s lives.
If Christ Followers, disciples of Jesus Christ, shared the Gospel and led people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, that would be terrific, but then what? If that was the end if it, and the disciples all said “so long” and moved on, and let the new believers (fruit) sit there, much spoilage would happen. Jesus said to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. That fruit needs to be cared for. When the fruit is picked from the tree or bush it needs to be carefully placed in the basket or other container, and not dropped or thrown in. New Christians cannot just be dropped to be on their own either. They need to be cared for and handled gently with the Truth of God’s Word to enable them to last, and as they last, they will grow in righteousness and holiness.
While the fruit is on the trees it may be that bugs or viruses have touched and spotted them. They will still be fine, just a bit rough. Pre-Christians may have some rough spots from various worldly attacks in life, so they need to be cared for gently, cleaned up by the Holy Spirit, and they will be good, lasting Christ Followers, and we have the privilege and blessing of helping, discipling them, and then observing as they move on to be “bearers of fruit”.
Give God glory as we see this process, and give God praise that we are blessed to be a part of it.