Friday, November 30, 2012

Picking Teams

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last... John 15:16 (NIV)

One of my fondest memories of grade school was playing kickball at recess. I loved that game so much, and I couldn’t wait to get on the field and get the game going. There was just one problem…picking teams.

In my pint-sized world, there was nothing worse than being picked last. Nothing. Being chosen next-to last was bad, and yet it was so much better than being dead last. Nobody wants to be the last kid standing on the sidelines, cheeks burning with embarrassment, waiting to be picked.

Last meant you were looked upon with disdain by the other children. Last meant you had to prove in the game that you were worthy of being picked earlier next time. You knew where you stood in the pecking order, and last meant you looked weak to the other children.

Aren’t you glad the Christian life is nothing like elementary school kickball? Oh so different is our relationship with our Savior! Scripture says He chose you to be on His side. And you weren’t picked last, or second-to-last. You never have to wonder if you were a sympathy vote, and you never need to prove your worthiness. God chose you before the creation of the world! He wanted you, and He did everything in His power to make you His child…even sending His Son to die on the Cross so you could be saved.

I’m so thankful I’ve been chosen by Him. Aren’t you?

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:4 (NIV)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

God is God

Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
“Be still, and know that I am God!
 I will be honored by every nation.
 I will be honored throughout the world.”

By the time you read this our nation’s presidential election will be over and one of two men will be leading our nation.  That’s the thing about running for office; half the people who campaign for political positions never actually occupy the office they ran for.  And the truth be told, most of us are probably looking forward to the end of this election season.  If nothing else we’ll know if our preferred candidate has been successful or not and it will be nice to have a few less political ads and to see a few less yard signs around our neighborhoods reminding us of the things that divide us.  And hopefully we can all get back to some sense of normalcy as this has been an election filled with passion and drama.  

Two things have become clear over the last weeks leading up to the election.  First is that our nation is split on many issues and second most people are pretty enthusiastic about their views and their particular choice.  I too have my own choice and like most of us I knew long ago how I would likely vote.

I have to be honest though, I have gotten kind of caught up in this election myself.  Maybe you feel it too and you’re wondering how you will take it if your favored choice isn’t elected.  

That aside, I’m reminded by Psalm 46:10 that God is not an elected official.  He’s not waiting to see how the election turns out so He can know whether or not to pack.  He's not candidating for our vote and He's not waiting to see if the people will endorse His agenda.  He is God and He isn’t elected by anyone.

The hard part for me though is the part where it says, “Be still.”  Why is that such a challenge?  Still I’m thankful that God is still God before and after this election and all the rest.