March 19, 2019
A Winner in God’s Eyes
I am the vine, and you are the branches. If any remain in me and I remain in them, they produce much fruit. But without me they can do nothing (John 15:5, NCV).
Friend to Friend
Who says dreams don’t come true? My son grew up with one dream in mind - to play college football. That dream came true. Jered was the starting fullback on his college football team thanks to an academic and football scholarship. (Of course, I taught him everything he knew!) When college football scouts from all over the country began to recruit Jered, I discovered it was quite a process. Football scouts keep track of the statistics on high school players, watching certain ones for three and four years. College coaches show up at high school games to talk with high school coaches and watch their potential players in action. Letters start filling the mail box along with promotional material for their college football programs. Then the phone calls begin.
When the players are high school seniors, the process becomes even more intense. The college scouts request game film highlights, academic transcripts, detailed applications and teacher recommendations. They meet with the high school players themselves, inviting them to visit the college campus for a weekend. After months of “courting,” the final phase begins. The students narrow down their college choices as the college scouts do the same. At some point, each one makes a choice and the dance is over. During the entire process, both the college recruiter and the student athlete have one thing in mind – making the best choice because both want to be on a winning team. Life is much the same.
If I were running the world, I would assemble a team of winners, choosing the smartest, brightest, most experienced, most talented, wealthiest and most successful as members of my team. But there is a God – and, thankfully, I am not Him.
God has written a different plan for the most important invasion of all time. It is the plan of invading Satan’s territory – Earth – and retaking it under the banner of His son, Jesus Christ. And just look at His choice of recruits for the job - the weak, the poor, the broken and sick, the lonely and defeated. God chose the most ordinary people to accomplish the most extraordinary deeds.
Why would God choose flawed people to do His most important work? The answer is a very simple and yet profound spiritual principle.
God’s power shows up best in broken people.
Do you want to be used by God? I have good news. God wants to use you. In fact, He will use you because that is His plan and has been all along. When we pray for the Lord to use us, we are asking Him to do something He already wants to do. Perhaps our prayer should be, “Lord, make me usable.” Only He can fully prepare us for service. It is not our ability that the Father is concerned with – it is our availability. Today, celebrate the truth that God chose you for His team and even now is preparing you for the game of life.
Thank you, Father, for choosing me. Please prepare me to live each day in service to You. I give myself to You. I choose You and Your game plan for my life. I love belonging to You, Lord. I surrender to Your will and Your ways.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
- Make a list of the gifts God has given you to use in serving Him.
- Thank Him for each one.
- Make a plan to serve a member of your family, a neighbor, a stranger – today!
More from the Girlfriends
The world is obsessed with fitness and health. The subject of getting in shape is thrown at us from billboards, magazines, television, co-workers, friends, family members, the Internet... you name it. Everywhere we turn it seems like fitness centers and health programs pop up daily with promises to make us happier, firmer, thinner, healthier, stronger ... better.
And there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to get in shape. In fact, as fully devoted followers of Christ, one of our goals should be to get healthy and stay that way for this race of life. Mary’s book, Fit for Life , will help you do just that as it explores four areas of fitness and health - spiritual, physical, mental and emotional.
Originally published Tuesday, 19 March 2019.