- “I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit” (John 15:16).
The idea of calling for the work of ministry remains a bit confusing, even after all of these centuries to ponder it. All are called and gifted for works of ministry. There’s little doubt of the priesthood of all believers. And yet, there is also evidence of a distinct and more limited calling that typically results in a vocational path of ministry. Affirming one, at times, seems to diminish the other, but these must learn to cohabitate when we think of the massive ministry assignment before us. Here, Jesus affirms a purposeful selection of these disciples for a unique work assignment. Yes, we are all called to fulfill their same Commission, and we could argue that this task would have even been extended beyond Jesus’ small circle then as well. But these were chosen, called out, appointed for an apostolic mission. They were chosen to receive this once in human history revelation of God in the flesh. And bear fruit, they must. This was their hour–and it also happened to be humanity’s hour as well.