John 15:16 (NASB) You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
Despite the 4' of snow, the barricaded front door, and the burned-out stairs, we needed to reach the second floor. While fighting a house fire, we received reports of a man and woman trapped in the second-floor back bedroom. We battled through the snow and found the front door unpassable; so, we kept going. We broke a window and crawled through. Amid the flames and smoke, we made our way to the second floor. Today's verse speaks of God choosing us, appointing us that we would go and bear fruit and that the fruit would remain. Sometimes in life, we come across things that will block our path, things not of our choosing, but we are to remain purposeful in reaching the goal that God has set before us. We eventually reached the couple and got them out the backstairs with the help of other firefighters. We had reached and completed our objective. When the setbacks come, the twisting roads appear, the blocked paths seem to have no opening, it is then that we must ask of our Father. For the remainder of the verse says that whatever we ask in His name, He may give you. Notice it says “may give you”; so if you find your way blocked, keep looking and keep going so that you may bear everlasting fruit! Remember God chose YOU!
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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