March 24, 2015 – Chosen by the Captain

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“The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet” –Frederick Buechner

     As a child, my brother and I would play outside from early morning to late evening.  During the summer months especially we would play for hours with kids in the neighborhood.  Whether it was kickball, Hide-and-Go-Seek, or a pickup-game of football we would always select captains and chose sides.  As a captain you always wanted to go first so that you could pick the fastest, strongest, and biggest kid.  As a captain you wanted to form the very best team.

This holds true in life as well.  Whether you are running a business, pastoring a church, or leading your family- you want the very best team.  But consider just for a minute the people Jesus hand-selected to be on His team:  Matthew, a despised tax collector; Simon Peter, a cussing sailor; Thomas, a consistent cynic and critic; Judas, the diabolical turncoat and traitor.  These were unnamed and untrained nobodies; they were unlearned men without much passion, heart, or drive.  These were not the “fastest, strongest, or biggest” kids in the neighborhood…..but nonetheless they were chosen by the Captain.

Jesus could have chosen anyone…kings, politicians, affluent members of society, but he chose fishermen and tax-collectors, just everyday-run-of-the-mill people like you and me.  Come to think of it, He is still doing that!  Anyone can be on His team; all you have to do is come when He calls.