I never get to be team captain. Who doesn’t want to be captain? The captains get to pick the teams! I didn’t get that opportunity, not today. I was in the huddle waiting to get picked. That awkward mix of anticipation, hope, and fear threatening to give my twelve-year-old brain a panic attack. Each time someone else is picked a dark cloud of impending doom grows over my head. I know I’m not the most athletically skilled. I knew I wouldn’t be picked first, second or even third. Standing here now, among the thinning crowd my heart is pounding and one thought screams through my flesh, “Just not last, please don’t let me be the last one picked.”
This isn’t an experience relegated only to sporting events. There are many moments in life we fear we won’t get chosen. Significant moments such as relationships, career opportunities, social events, we all want to stand out and we all want to be special, seen as something more than the last pick, the leftover. We don’t want to feel chosen by default. There is an innate and undeniable desire for someone to say, “I want you.” All too often we feel like they say, “I’m stuck with you.”
We carry that same fear over to our relationship with God. We feel like we have to walk that line of perfection and one wrong step will cause Him to look upon us with regret, to pass us over and pick a more qualified candidate for His approval and blessing. After all, that’s been our life experience so why would the Creator of the universe be any different? Too often our view of God is shaped by our own tragic experiences and view of humanity, but in doing so we create an image of God that is false.
God isn’t stuck with you because all the cool kids were too busy having lives. God doesn’t look down on you with your flaws wishing someone else would step up and take your place. He chose you, yes He specifically chose YOU. God picked you intentionally. He created you with value and purpose that we too often don’t see because we form our self-image through our own experiences rather than through the lens of God’s Word.
Ephesians 1:3-5 (NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
This scripture fills me with such great joy and makes me want exclaim the goodness of God to all who will listen! God loves and chose ME. He chose YOU. Even before He made the world He had you in His mind. He was thinking of you and waiting with great desire for the day you would be born. He delights in you so much that even with the knowledge that you would make many mistakes He set in motion a plan to adopt you as His very own child. In fact, He sent His very own son Jesus to suffer, die and be raised to life so that you could be called a son or daughter of God.
I celebrate because the adoption is complete! God is my Daddy and I am His son. Not only are you His child, but this scripture tells us how He sees us. He looks down and He doesn’t focus on our imperfections. Through the eyes of God, we are holy and without fault. We need to stop glaring in disgust at the things we think mar us and make us unqualified. We need to view ourselves through the eyes of the Lord.
How amazing that He offers to us every spiritual blessing. God withholds no good thing from His children. We are the inheritors of the promise! We are chosen to enter into covenant with God. We are united with Christ and as such are spiritual royalty.
We don’t have to fear being rejected by man for we have already been chosen by One who is far greater. We can walk with unparalleled confidence for we belong to Christ. Today I challenge you to hold your head up high! Remember your spiritual identity and boldly walk into every room secure in who God has declared you to be. Carry out His purposes with joy, celebrating the good news brought by Christ. Tell the world! The moment of their adoption has arrived!