You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit. (John 15:16)
Two of the most highly watched sporting events on television are not when teams or athletes are competing against each other; rather they involve the drafting of players for the National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) teams. For many hours, fans of professional sports will watch intently to see whom their favorite teams will draft.
Most of us will not be drafted by professional football or basketball teams, but, as Christians, we receive a greater calling. We, in essence, are God’s draft choices. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit” (John 15:16). God has made us a part of His team. We are not chosen by God because we are successful in our careers, great athletes, or wealthy. God chooses ordinary people to do extra-ordinary things. “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are” (1 Corinthians 1:27-28).
Through faith, we understand that we are among the foolish and weak through whom God carries on His life-saving work. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (II Corinthians 4:7). God entrusts us – clay jars – with this treasure – the Gospel. Even though we are frail and unworthy of our tasks, God has chosen us to carry His message of love to the world. As humble people of faith, we are empowered by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He transforms and molds us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (II Corinthians 5:17). It is God Who does the drafting and the changing. Through faith, we will stay on God’s team, and we will bear the fruit that He calls us to bear.
The professional athletes who are drafted are expected to perform. They are paid large sums of money to do very athletic things. As God’s chosen people, we may not receive large compensation, but our benefits are out of this world! Therefore, we are eager to use our lives and resources in God’s service for His glory. Paul wrote, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). What a privilege it is to be part of and serving on God’s winning team!
– Reverend Joel Holls