Love and Discipleship v16
Lest we take pride in our friendship with God, Jesus points out that it is God who has chosen us, not we who have chosen, earned or discerned Him. And, we are not simply chosen for our blessing or benefit. We are chosen to be a part of a plan. We have a role to play. We are to produce fruit that will last.
Fruit is a clear biological picture. It is always about reproduction. Beyond any other thing we are to work at in our lives (goodness, charity, service, making the world a better place) we are to reproduce ourselves. This is the most defining aspect of discipleship. Disciples make disciples. This happens with God’s help and power, but is a definite product of our obedience. The obedience to be a witness born out of love.