Last man standing. I suppose it could be a good thing or possibly something bad.
You are lined up with your peers. Red team, blue team, I choose you but not him. The game of kick ball no longer looks like fun when you’re the last one picked.
The music stops. You run and run and you sit in the last chair. Winner.
No matter the outcome, childish games give no validity, good or bad. They start off as seeming all-inclusive, but the last one picked or the first one out is offered no affirmation in character or integrity. Inclusion means nothing.
The Gospel offers something different from unreasonable gain through competition of popularity or smarts. It offers complete and utter invitation that has no place value. We are never first nor last, we just are included into the family, a kingdom.
John 1:12 ESV But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
God’s gift waits through an open door. To walk on through all you must do is accept the one who makes it possible, Jesus. He stands with arms wide open, including all of God’s children.
We don’t need to fret while standing in line, waiting for our number to be called. We don’t need to scratch a lottery ticket to gain approval from the wealthy neighbor. The car can have dents and the kids’ shoes don’t care if they are name brand. Our royalty waits on the other side and we can have hope and joy in this life despite the place value that the world stamps on us.
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1 John 3:1-2 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
We are lavished upon, never waiting in line, and never hoping for a popular vote. The Father loves all just the same. We are all included through faith in Jesus.