'Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit.'
It's a wonderful thought to think that we are chosen by Christ; that in some particular way He has separated us from the crowd to be chosen by Him for a specific task. It is an honour and one we shouldn't take lightly.
So, what is the task? It is to bring forth fruit. The fruit being the emanation of the presence of Christ wherever we go. The fruits of the Holy Spirit as listed in the book of Galatians are:
'love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.' (5:22,23). These we would do well to practise in our day to day lives, but in my mind there must be something more. A good person who has no beliefs can possess these qualities. There must be a love for Christ; a knowledge that we are called to bring the Light of His Truth into a dark world of compromise. We should not run with the opinion of our times but hold high the standards of Christ with the spirit of love, joy, patience, gentleness etc.
Christ said if He be lifted up He will draw all men unto Himself (John 12:32) and so it is our job to lift up Christ.
Let us not be afraid to do that but to accept our God given ordination with joy.