It Wasn’t Because Of What We Had Done

When I was in school, we used to have “recess.” That was my favorite class. 🙂 Recess was an hour where you went outside and had fun. Sometimes we would be play kick-ball.
To play kick-ball, we would first, pick captains. Then the captains would flip a coin or a pick a number to decide who got to “pick” first. Then, the captain who won the coin-flip would pick. Normally, the first person picked was the best athlete and so on and so on. And most of the time, the last person picked wasn’t a very good athlete.
So, you were picked, for the most part, based on your ability to play kick-ball. But let’s imagine that one captain did it differently. Let’s imagine that one captain picked the kid who played the worst. He might say, “I didn’t pick you because you were good… I picked you because you are my friend.”
That’s kind of what happened with Israel. In Deuteronomy 7:7-8, the Moses tells Israel, “The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.”
So, the Lord chose Israel not because of their might as a nation… Moses tells them, you were actually very small… no, God chose them because He loved them.
And the same is true for us. None of us were “worthy” to be saved. We are sinners. God didn’t save us because we are so talented or so intelligent or so handsome or beautiful… God saved us because He loves us. Period.
Today, know that God loves you…. in spite of your flaws and failures.. God loves you.

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