I have chosen you

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might
go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name
the Father will give you.
This is my command: Love each other.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.
As it is, you do not belong to the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

(John 15:16-19)

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“But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances.
A secret Master of the Ceremonies has been at work.
Christ, who said to the disciples “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,”
can truly say to every group of Christian friends
“You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.”
The Friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out.
It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others.
They are no greater than the beauties of a thousand other men;
by Friendship God opens our eyes to them.
They are, like all beauties, derived from Him through the Friendship itself,
so that it is His instrument for creating as well as for revealing.
At this feast it is He who has spread the board and it is He who has chosen the guests.
It is He, we may dare to hope, who sometimes does, and always should, preside.
Let us not reckon without our Host.”

― C.S. Lewis

14 comments on “I have chosen you

  1. Lynda says:

    I often think of what C.S. Lewis is writing about. There really are no coincidences so we are where we are meant to be and with the friends we are meant to have. Blessings on your day Julie.

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Beautiful quotes. I am thankful for your friendship and your encouragement through each day. It is so cool how God united us together through him. Have a blessed week.

  3. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Amen…

  4. ColorStorm says:

    Just nice. Love the last line.

  5. How blessed we are that He has chosen us all as His. Blessings for this, His Day.

  6. Wally Fry says:

    Amen to Jesus and steadfast friends

  7. Deborah says:

    Hi Julie Just want to say Thank you because what you have written is very relevant to me at the moment. May our faithful God continue to keep you closely under His wings and reveal His vast love for you- God bless you- Deborah.

  8. Tricia says:

    Great post Julie and oh what a spectacular photo. Did you take it?

  9. SLIMJIM says:

    What sovereign grace..

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