I was the kid who was always the last one to be picked when choosing up sides for basketball, baseball or any sport. I didn’t know much about sports and was not very athletic. I was more of a detriment to a team than an asset. So I was only chosen when there were no other choices left.
In Genesis Chapter 12, God chooses Abram as His first pick. It is an odd pick, in that Abram was a worshipper of false gods and knew nothing about God. It was also an odd pick because God knew that despite a great start, Abram would let Him down by the end of the chapter. Yet God chose Abram and made him the captain of the team!
It gives me hope to know that despite my lack of knowledge and despite my failures, God is willing to choose me. There are certainly others more qualified, more faithful, more courageous and more obedient, but he still chooses me.
Maybe you know what it feels like to not be chosen, to be passed over, to be rejected. You may not feel like God would ever choose you, but guess what…you’re chosen. All you have to do is step out and follow the Chooser.
Bret Legg is the Teaching and Counseling Pastor at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, GA.