The Great Debate

by Greg Laurie on Dec 29, 2017
"By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples."

For hundreds of years, Christians have been debating predestination. How did God choose us? Why did God choose us? Whom did God choose? However, they miss altogether the reason He chose us.

Rather than debating how or why you were chosen, why don’t you focus on what you were chosen to do? If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ and call yourself a Christian, then I can tell you on the authority of the Scriptures that you have been chosen by God.

So let’s stop debating and instead focus on what we were chosen to do. We were chosen for a purpose. And what is that purpose? It’s to bring forth fruit. Jesus said, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:8).

So the question that begs to be asked is how are you doing with this? To put it another way, what are you doing for Heaven’s sake? What are you doing for the kingdom of God while you are on Earth?

Sadly, many of us squander a great portion of our lives in the pursuit of nothingness. I once read that on average, Americans will spend about 15 years of their lives watching television. I think today people spend more time on the Internet than they do watching TV. I am not saying there is anything inherently evil about watching television or being on the Internet. But I am saying it is very easy to waste time. Then ironically we’ll say, “I just don’t have time to read the Bible. I just don’t have time to pray. I really don’t have time this week to go to church. I am just so busy.”

Let’s use our lives for the glory of God.

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