I want to draw your attention to a totally different election; one that is not done by voting of the masses. This election is a reverse from what we are familiar with. Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide” (John 15:16). I referred previously to Mark 3:14 where Jesus “appointed twelve…that they might be with Him” (see also John 6:70; 15:19). This is a permanent choice and purpose that glorifies the Father (15:8).
This choosing is not for a four year term, this is an eternal election for an eternal purpose. If only we would grasp the significance of this. Paul says that “those who are called according to His purpose…he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:28-29). As this conforming takes place in us, we then live “to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12, 14).
The question then becomes whether we are living for the purpose for which we were called and elected? If we only realized that every day either contributes fruitfulness and glory to the Father, or is lived for self and detracts from His glory.