In this verse, Jesus is talking to his disciples.
He tells them that he has chosen them.
Elsewhere Jesus prays for these same disciples, declaring to God that he hasn’t lost one of them.
Just as the disciples were chosen, so are we.
Jesus’ final sacrifice of himself gave everyone in the world access to the God of the Jewish people.
Remember when God spoke to Moses he said He was, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ – Exodus 3:6
But to Abraham, God had promised ‘through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.’ Genesis 22:18
Jesus continues reminding the disciples that as well as choosing them he had appointed them as Apostles.
They had parables explained to them and saw miracles at first hand.
He tells them that they were placed and purposefully planted.
A gardener plants with with the combination of the right soil and right mix of sunlight and shade for each plant.
So they might be fruitful. Not just fruitful, but to continually bear fruit.
To this end Jesus leaves them with yet another gift, which will out do all of the others they had received so far – they could approach God in prayer and ask Him for their needs in the name of Jesus.
God would respond as if it was Jesus himself asking.
It is powerful to think that we have been chosen – especially when so many of us probably don’t fell that way most of the time.
God – Jesus – must have got the wrong ‘John or Jane Smith’ when the letter came through the door.
Surely he can’t mean us?
As the disciples were chosen, so were we.
As they had a purpose, so do we.
We have been planted purposefully.
This will again also surprise many of us, as perhaps the current place and position of our lives may seem anything but purposeful.
If we start to view our current circumstances as part of our ‘planting’ we can meaningfully pray for our purpose at this time.
As gardeners know, a plant may get moved around the garden, so don’t despair if the thought of being where you are fills you with dread.
Jesus tells us that we will bear fruit and to continue to bear fruit.
This fruit will be a blessing to ourselves as well as others.
Galatians 5 tells us, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
If we can exhibit these fruit, God can work through us in our circumstances.
By blessing others we also bless ourselves.
On top of this we have an extra gift.
Jesus tells us that if we ask (pray) for anything we need to God, it will be as if Jesus himself had asked for it.
Remember a ‘need’ probably isn’t a BMW or a holiday in Monaco.
An immediate need will be for ourselves or for others to do the work of God.
You are chosen.
You are planted.
God listens and responds to you.