Chosen First

I think to a certain extent everyone wants to be accepted by others. Even those who seem the strongest hide need for validation.

I was athletic as a child but not committed to team sports. I was often chosen last when P.E. class was preparing for competition. I remember standing in the dwindling line while others ran to their team.

As an adult I still feel that way sometimes, wanting to be chosen first, preferred. Yet often times feeling more like an outsider: looking in. I know, in itself, the desire to please isn’t wrong. Jesus grew up in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52)

The problem is when man’s favor is more important. Then suddenly, even a good thing like tithing or praying becomes a sin as Jesus tells us in Matthew 6. Those who tithed to be seen by man had their reward in full.

Proverbs 3:3-4 says Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Interesting that the way to find favor is not actually to seek it, but to be concerned with something else entirely.

Please share your heart. We learn from each other.