Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Mercy Pick

One of the difficult and defining moments growing up was when it came time to pick teams. Usually those who were the leaders took charge and began to choose from the pool of participants. First called were those whose abilities had the best chance for building a winning team. One by one as the names were called a certain amount of anxiety would begin to rise in those who were waiting, they knew they were not the best, but hoping they were the worst. Those final few were known as the "Mercy Pick". Nobody really wanted them on their teams, but everybody was picked.

It should be comforting to know that God chose you first, before the foundations of the earth. It was not based on anything but his love for you (John 15:16). Every single hair is counted (Matthew 10:30). Every day is numbered and he knew everything you would do before a single day had passed (Psalms 139:16). When we think of all those who have gone before us, the names of those great heroes of faith, we may wonder where in that list could we place? Feeling we are not as good as they were or hoping were not the worst. The truth is all of us are in the same rank and file as all those who have gone before. God has no favorites.

The Lord called each of us to be on" his team", not based on our abilities but on our faith in him. “For when we are weak”, meaning surrounded by flesh, “then we are strong”, meaning built in faith (2 Corinthians 12: 8-10). The Lord takes a great amount of pleasure in blessing us. So if you are stuck in that “What can I do?” Feeling you cannot add much to the team, remember whose team you are on, and you were first picked!

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