Week of November 19 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: John 15:1

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 

Day 1   Read: John 15:16-17

16 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. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Reflect: Who is the initiator of our relationship with Christ? For what purpose have we been chosen?

Consider: Jesus then reminded them that contrary to the common practice of disciples picking a teacher, Jesus had chosen them (see John 15:19). The purpose of His choosing was so that they would produce lasting fruit. He chose them for a mission, and His Father would answer their requests in order to accomplish that mission (whatever you ask in My name). Friendship with Jesus involves the obligation of brotherly love: Love each other (see 15:12).[1]

Respond: What can we learn about our role in God’s Kingdom from verses 16-17?

 

[1]  Edwin A. Blum, “John,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 326.