By Edwin Christiaan
A true Christian believer has been chosen by God and will produce lasting fruit!!! That is the reason why Jesus said,
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit…John 15:16 NLT
Even though many are called by God, those who are chosen by Him are few in number. (See Matthew 22:14)
You can identify people by their actions, just as you can identify a tree by its fruits, whether it’s good or bad. (See Matthew 7:17-20)
It is the same thing with those who are called by God and those who are chosen by God. Many of those who are called, are the ones who hear the Gospel, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. There are also those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.
Then you also have these so-called Christians who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth (the prosperity gospel), and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.
But then you have those who are chosen by God. They are the ones who hear and accept God’s word, and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted. (See Mark 4:15-20)
These are the good fruits of the Holy Spirit they walk in: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control! (See Galatians 5:22-23) These chosen ones – through their actions – give God Glory, because everyone can taste and see through the way they conduct themselves, that the Lord IS GOOD!!! (See Psalm 34:8)
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