John 15:13, 16 13) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 16) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. For those living long enough, it will be very evident that life has many unexpected twists and turns. Many sorrows come... opportunities to know and believe the love of God, and to re-purpose our lives by it. I knew a pastor that ministered in an area given to dead religion. He spent his life as a testimony of God's love personally to him, and to others, as he lived the commandment to 'love'. In time, he was asked to give the ultimate sacrifice, of his life. On a dark and cold night, he rescued a man attempting suicide, and died in the effort. He was deemed a hero by the town he ministered to. I heard comments expressing how difficult it would be to 'give your life for one like the 'sinner' he died for. Yet, this pastor did not, by sudden choice, offer his life. He lived a long time making the same choice... to die to his own life. And in so doing, the ultimate sacrifice was not an overwhelming choice for him. In verse 13, the word 'life' can be translated as the 'soul' of a person. The intellect, feelings, hopes and dreams. In Jesus' example, He too gave up His 'soul' in addition to His literal bodily life. He said of Himself that He did only what the Father showed Him, and taught only what the Father gave Him to teach. He learned obedience. As was the pastor or our Lord, we may not be called upon to give our literal bodily life in death. But we are called to give our 'soul' for the purposes of God. Verse 16 holds an amazing truth... that we have been chosen. 'Chosen' carries the idea of being 'set apart' from the unbelieving world to be graciously attended by God's oversight, as those whose faith in Jesus has sparked the life of His Spirit. The merit of this faith lies solely in the work of Jesus. Those 'chosen' to carry the life of God in them, by His Spirit, are promised an ability to become the 'sons' of God... they are 'ordained' (vs 16) to bear fruit that remains. Fruit that bears testimony of the life of God, a life well lived... through us... the 'chosen'.