Not Last, But First
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden
even before God made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy
and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us
into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. —Ephesians
squirmed back and forth unable to peal his eyes from the black asphalt below
him. He hated this part of PE class. He shifted his weight back and forth and
listened; wishing and praying that he would hear his name called.
The boy next to him smiled and hustled over to his team. Ronny sighed. There
were only a few kids left and he knew he would be the last one picked. He was
right, as he found himself standing alone, again. Ronny, shoulders drooping,
joined his team. Getting picked last stinks.
are none picked last in the Kingdom of God. God does not choose us because we
are the most athletic, the smartest, the strongest, or the most religious. We
cannot do anything to earn the salvation God graciously and freely gives us. It
has always been a part of God’s plan to adopt us into His family, so we cannot
take the credit. There is no room for pride.
team captain is Jesus Christ. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we are holy and
blameless in God’s sight. We are set apart. Through Jesus we are a part of the
body of Christ. We are on His team.
are not picked last, but first. In fact, Jesus picked you long before any of us
1. Why is it hard to accept the gracious gift God gives in choosing us?
What are ways that we can express thanks to God for choosing us?
Romans 8:28-30; Galatians 4:5-7; Ephesians 1:1-14