John 15.16 cont
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and produce fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you might ask the Father in My Name He should give it to you.
As we have seen, Jesus has chosen us all so that all may be saved. When He came into the world it was to save sinners, and every human being is a sinner. In His coming He chose us all.
However, there is another meaning to the word choose, and it is the word ‘select’.
Jesus told His disciples that He had selected them, and it was that they should be His disciples. He selected them for this task because they were the ones the Father had given to Him. In His prayer Jesus said:
“I have told these men about You. They were in the world, but then You gave them to Me. Actually, they were always Yours, and You gave them to Me; and they have kept Your word” – John 17.6 (NLT).
They were selected for the task of keeping God’s word, they were chosen to safe guard God’s word. They were picked out to continue with the ministry of Jesus, and to build His church by baptizing believers and making them disciples.
Noah was selected by God for the task of building an ark to save two of every species and eight humans from the flood of judgement that God was to bring on the world.
Abraham and Sarah were selected by God to be the couple through whom God would bring a nation that would bless all peoples.
Mary and Joseph were selected by God to be the earthly parents of Jesus, providing Him with a stable home from which to launch His ministry.
There are many instances of God selecting people for specific tasks.
The same is true for us. There are tasks that God selects us to do.
We are all selected and appointed to be those who show others the goodness of God. Then He selects us for different tasks, some to be leaders, evangelists, prophets, teachers, pastors, administrators, cleaners, careers, helpers, encouragers, and so on.
When He calls us we may have no aptitude for the task before us, but He who calls us also trains and equips us, as Jesus did the disciples.