Joh 15:16 You did not select me, but I selected you. I destined you to leave and produce fruit and that your fruit should stay, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you.
Joh 15:17 “This is what I am commanding you: Love one another.
Joh 15:18 “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you.
Our two destinies
Jesus has been conversing with his disciples about his future. He had warned them that he was about to leave and go back to his Father and that he would return. These are Jesus’ two destinies, Now, Jesus reveals two destinies for the disciples as well. They too will leave this life. They will die as well. But before they die, they will produce fruit, and that fruit will stay. In the larger context, that fruit includes other disciples. But in this present context, we can see that it also includes reciprocal love, perseverance through unjust suffering, and prevailing prayer.
Our time is short. We need to stay on task.
Lord, give us the courage to live out our destiny, to produce lasting fruit.