Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Greatest Gift

Do you remember being in elementary school during recess waiting with anticipation to be hand chosen to be on a team? As you watched your peers get chosen you hoped you wouldn't be the last person standing. If you were the last person standing the team captain who picked last would have no choice but to call your name. You wouldn't really feel valued or like someone saw potential in you. Living with a disability as a child I know that feeling very well. In the Christian life it is the complete opposite. Before you even lined up to be chosen the Lord said "yes" to you. You see He chose you before you chose to be on His team. The Bible says in Ephesians 1:4 "Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him." The Lord saw hidden treasure in you and declared "You are worth picking." He sees the gifts and the talents that He has placed inside you. He sees the man or the woman that He has created to work through to accomplish great exploits. The Lord does not see what man sees. He sees what you can become with His strength. In fact, He saw such beauty that He was willing to lay His life down for you. The Lord has been pursuing you with an undying love. The Bible says in Jeremiah 31:3 "I have loved you with an everlasting love." It is a love that never quits or fizzles out. It the kind of love that is steadfast and weathers the storm. You were created for His love. Your heart was designed for Christ to be in the center. We try our hardest to join other teams but when we go to put on that glove it feels awkward. It is because the Lord has given you the tools that are custom made to your life. He has given you everything you need to win the game. He has also given you the responsibility to recruit others to join you. As you look around to choose others look through the lens of God and you will end up with champions on your team. There are no losers on God's team because we have already won the battle the moment we step out onto the battlefield. Today, the Lord is calling your name. The question is "Will you chose Him?" If the answer is yes, you will receive the greatest gift, which is Him!

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