THE RULES OF CHOOSING SIDES
The captains were assigned and the choosing began. Chase picked Jordan first. That was a no-brainer since they were best friends. Juan picked Carson because he was the fastest. Chase chose Henry next because he was the most popular. Juan chose Drake because he was cool.
And so it went. One choice after another. And you know how this goes. It got down to the final two kids—Seth and Kaden. The unpopular, the nonathletic, the quiet, the weird, the dorky, the smelly. They were always last to be chosen. The choice for Chase and Juan was basically to pick the lesser of two remaining “less-thans.”
This is an elementary school tradition, and tradition says pick the best and brightest, the cream of the crop. It’s the expectation. It’s the rule.
We’ve since grown up and there’s a new game now. It’s not kick ball, whiffle ball, or dodge ball. It’s called the game of life. Have the rules of choosing sides changed?
Jesus is the captain. Who would He pick to be on His team? The moral, the upright, the spiritual super-heroes? I mean, think about it. To be on Jesus’ team, wouldn’t you have to be “all that”? Wouldn’t you have to measure up, go above and beyond, and prove sacred?
Or maybe those aren’t the ones He’d choose at all. Maybe instead, He’d choose the “poor in spirit” as He called them. The ones who have absolutely nothing to give and absolutely everything to receive.
Not the champions of the faith but the ones who are at the end of their rope.
Not the strong ones but the ones who are content with who they are—no more, no less.
Not the ones who are righteous but the ones who hope to be someday, and in the meantime are well aware that the distance they have to go is far greater than the distance they’ve already come.
Not the winners but the losers who have lost heart, lost will, lost their job, lost hope, lost faith, lost dear relationships, lost peace of mind, but yet celebrate it in those who haven’t.
Not the ones who are most cared about, most doted on, or who receive the most attention, but the ones who at their core show more care for others than they’ve ever been cared for themselves.
Jesus doesn’t follow tradition.
He doesn’t follow the rules.
For you see, these are the ones whom Jesus looks in the face and says, “Blessed are you.”