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.