Why we are chosen?
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”(John 15:16).
The call to be a Chosen and bear fruit is a call to be a born-again Christian, a call to soul winning. If you are a Christian and not winning souls for Christ wherever you are and in whatever position God has placed you, you are not meeting the demand by which you are chosen, and are, therefore, not a chosen.
Beloved, if you are a Christian indeed, you should know that God has placed you under sacred obligations to be entirely devoted to His service and to execute the important purposes of His providence. He has designated you to be soul winners. He has set you apart to bring forth fruit, and persevere in all the fruits of holiness and obedience.
And if you are to bear fruit, you must not live an idle life. You must not wait till work is brought to you, but must go and seek it. You must labour so as to bring forth fruit, i.e. to get souls converted to the Lord. You must take care to water your fruits so that the souls whom you have gathered is not scattered. Thus, you must have passion for souls and understand the importance of follow up, and continuous prayer.
There are increases in crime, prostitution, divorce, killings and amoral lifestyle because those that were chosen have consigned their commission to win souls to the bin. And any Christian, who has ceased to win souls — bearing fruits, has lost the privilege of having his name written among the chosen ones, and should no longer regard himself as a Chosen.
1Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him, Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
God has chosen us that we should make Jesus the Lord of lords and King of kings and in doing so; we bear fruits for the Kingdom of Heaven. Thus, we the chosen ones are doing daily. So, when you see us in our aprons preaching the gospel in the markets and buses doing the work we are commissioned to do so, you should not misconstrue our action, for it is not our fault, we are chosen to bear fruits — win souls. It is not that by nature we are more inclined than others to seek God, but because He graciously inclined us to seek and bring others to Him.
So, if you are a chosen, know, therefore, that the primary reason you are chosen is that you should be rich in good works and successful in spreading the gospel, for this is the great business to which you are set apart, and this you should faithfully accomplished. It is the great end for which Christians are chosen. You were not chosen to seek enjoyment but to do good and spread, as far as possible, the physical and spiritual rich blessings, which the gospel confers on mankind. Therein shall the effect of your labour be made permanent on mankind and then whatever you ask, shall be given you.
As a Chosen, you are expected to be diligent in your work, and untiring in your efforts to spread the gospel. You are to toil without being weary of His work, till God shall call you home, for the Saviour never called a disciple to serve Him merely for a part of his life, nor to relax his endeavours or to suppose himself to be a Christian, while his religion produced no fruit. He that enlists under the banners of the Chosen of God does it for life. He that expects or desires to grow weary and cease to serve Him, has never yet been a Christian, or known anything of the grace of God. We are Chosen to win souls.