Week of: May 6, 2018
Scripture: John 15:9-17
You did not choose me but I chose you. I appointed you to go and bear fruit ... I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
(John 15:16-17, NRSV)
Jesus seemed to be in the habit of weaving together the most improbable, disparate people into the tapestry of God’s mission. Perhaps this crazy quilt of differences is the reason he felt compelled to command them to love, as if it were ever that simple. He was addressing those whose frayed lives were about to become truly unraveled by his death and resurrection. Jesus knew that love is the only tie that is strong enough to bind them together. And in that moment, he offered a reminder to all who have ears to listen: “You did not choose me but I chose you.”
And so, we find ourselves in a similar state of chosen-ness. Many of us were chosen by this life of service, ministry, artistry and leadership of God’s improbable and disparate people. We did not choose it – the Great Weaver chose us.
Chose us to live into the commandment to love with our whole hearts.
Chose us to weave generations together with ancient story and new songs as we piece together God’s reign on earth.
What binds you to the One who chose you? How do you live into your purpose in God’s grand design?
Blessed be the tie that binds, O Great Weaver. May the cords of love hold us tightly together in beloved community. Amen.
Central Texas Annual Conference