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.
Before I started work at the age of 15 I received a letter from British with a contract of employment informing me that I had been appointed to the position of junior porter. I then took up my appointment on the 24th April 1961
To be appointed is in addition to be chosen.
Jesus said that He not only chose the twelve, but He also appointed them. To be appointed is to be established in a particular role, just as I was as a junior porter.
On taking up my appointment the Station Master went through everything that my appointment involved, the things I was expected to do (mostly sweeping up and cleaning).
Jesus had already told the disciples what their appointment would entail, which we read about in chapter 14.12:
In all sincerity I tell you: the one believing in Me and the works that I do, he will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
There is a real sense in which this is an appointment not only for the disciples, but also for every one of us who believes in Jesus.
Jesus appointed His disciples to be apostles, which are those whom He would send out into the world with the good news of His gospel.
Jesus told them that their appointment was that they should go and produce lasting fruit. Some of that fruit is seen in the book of Acts, where we read of some of the things that they did. Peter preached the first sermon; they baptized all who were saved; the apostles then taught them in the ways of the Lord.
They were available to go wherever the Holy Spirit led them.
What has Jesus appointed you and me to do?
During our life time it may be different things.
We all need to be open to the Holy Spirit’s leading us into being established in the appointment with which Jesus appoints us.