“It was not you who chose me but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name He may give to you. This I command you: love one another.” John 15:16-17
Gary and I had moved to MN and were looking for a new church home. We had visited several churches as there were many surrounding us in the downtown Minneapolis home that we had bought. One Sunday, we entered Our Lady of Grace and as is our custom sat near the front. The priest when he began his homily, to discuss this reading, stepped off the alter and looked right at us. Saying, “You are not hear by accident today. God called you to be here!” Gary and I looked at each other and said, OKAY, can’t get any clearer than that. We had found our new church home.
God does not always give such clear signs or direct orders. I have prayed for answers to dilemmas and begged Him for a clear direction. Life often throws up a smoke screen so that I cannot see my way clearly. God is always faithful and will supply an answer… I think sometimes, it is NOT the answer I want so I keep waiting.
God has chosen His own in the world. If I am to be truly faithful, I must pay close attention and realize that He is in charge. He expects and encourages me to seek answers from Him. ASK in my name! The next verse though is key… The command that goes along with the ASK… Love one another. If my requests are not founded in love, that I can be out wandering the desert for a while. God is LOVE and expects me to live in that Love always.
Heavenly Father, I am eager to do Your will and live in Your light. Help me to choose LOVE every day in every situation. When I live that commandment, I will hear your voice and know I am chosen!