What Does God See in Me?

     Way back in grade-school days, I remember the picking of teams for playing competitive games during recess or P.E.  The team captains would normally start with choosing the students whose abilities could help his/her team win. It was always a bit embarrassing for those who were the last to be picked.  It meant that they didn’t really want you on their team, but had to pick you because everyone had to participate.
     When a person is elected to be president of the United States, he has the challenging chore of selecting a group of leaders to serve as cabinet and staff.  Usually the individuals chosen are friends or those that have the same political views, but when Abraham Lincoln became president, instead of surrounding himself with friends and people who agreed with his philosophies, he chose opponents and competitors, people who would offer differing viewpoints and hold him accountable.
     Some may also find rather surprising the list of men that Jesus chose to be His inner circle.  He didn’t pick religious leaders and the highly educated and famous. He chose fishermen and tax collectors, just ordinary people who would accomplish extraordinary things, not because of their natural abilities or potential, but because of who He is.  Jesus was not blindsided by their inconsistencies or failures. In fact, shortly before His arrest, trial and crucifixion,  “Jesus said to them, ‘You will all fall away because of Me this night…” (Mt. 26:31). But Jesus also had said to those He chose: “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mt. 4:19).  And later, Jesus chose to use Peter to help build His (Christ’s) Church that would prevail against “the gates of Hades” (Mt. 16:18).   

    Jesus called the disciples when they were engaged in their ordinary occupations and none of them fully realized what they were getting themselves into. Little did they know that Jesus would, after just three years of ministry with them, end up being crucified and then shortly after would return to His Father in Heaven. And then, when He told them He would be leaving, He made an amazing statement: “…He who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall He do; because I go to the Father” (Jn. 14:12).  That had to be a puzzling prediction because they had been struggling in their faith even while He was with them, and I’m sure were wondering what Jesus had seen in them to pick them. I mean one of them had betrayed Jesus and another—one of the three closest to Jesus, Peter, had even denied knowing Jesus during His trial and crucifixion!  How could Jesus say to them, “…It is to your advantage that I go away…” (Jn. 16:7a)? The answer was: “…If I go, I will send Him (the Comforter, the Holy Spirit) to you” (Jn. 16:7b).   That’s why, just before He ascended back to heaven, “He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, which you heard of from Me” (Acts 1:4)... (a reference, of course, to the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost). Jesus went on to explain, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1: 8).  Taking the Gospel (the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection for sin) to all the world and seeing lives transformed by the power of the Gospel (Ro. 1:16,17), that would be the “greater works” of which Jesus spoke in the Upper Room. Their future success did not depend upon their own ability but on the power of Christ at work in and through them through the Holy Spirit who would come to permanently indwell them (and us, when we believe). 

     Do you ever wonder what God sees in you? Why you were “chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4)?   It isn’t because of your talents and abilities, but because of His mercy and grace. What does God see in you and in me?  He sees the righteousness of the indwelling Christ (II Cor. 5:21).  He sees what He will accomplish in and through your life. The Apostle Paul, who at one time had been Saul of Tarsus, persecutor of the followers of Jesus, was transformed and became the temple of the Holy Spirit and testified, “I can do all things through Him (Christ) who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). 
     God also sees what He will make of your life. Accept Jesus’ call to follow Him and He will transform your life and use you in ways you never thought possible. “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not that He might nullify the things that are, that no man should boast before God” (I Cor. 1:27-29).
        Forever His,
                Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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