For those who were never chosen for the team…

I was just thinking a little bit about being the one who is not chosen for different tasks.

I don’t know about you, but in school I was never the first one chosen for the team. You know the routine – everyone is lined up, the two team captains are selected, and then they pick out who they want on their teams from the anxiously awaiting mob.

You hold your hand up and perhaps say, “Pick me, pick me!” And they look past you and intentionally choose another. Then the other team captain makes his choice, and on it goes until there are a only a few people left and there you still stand. Talk about rejection!

“All right, I’ll take Laurie,” one team captain would finally say and I would walk over to his side, head hung low in embarrassment. Maybe that’s you too.

You were not picked for the team or the position you hoped for. You were passed over for another. Or maybe that guy or girl rejected you.

Well, I have some good news for you today. Jesus Christ has chosen you for His team! He did not take you just because you were the only one left. No, before you were even born, He CHOSE you to be His Child.

Jesus said, “You didn’t choose me, but I chose you!” (John 15:16 ESV)

And the good news for those of us who were not the great athletes or academics or whatever, is this: Jesus can do extraordinary things through ordinary people.

Remember, you can never be too small for God to use, only too big!


14 thoughts on “For those who were never chosen for the team…”

  1. dale says:

    Greg thank you so much for my life that i have now you are my pastor and im glad to say this. your life is an example for all to follow cause you follow Christ!
    Im not a lost little boy but i was 1 of 6 kids the 4th i felt forgotten not lost may be that why i serve with you you have a gift that keeps on giving helping sending watching caring beleiveing in us my story is like all the rest. Drugs and a sorted pasted trying to fit in. I say Gods walk with me started long before my walk with him. I serve him now thanks for turning on the light and letting me see.

    all the Love your Fellow Worker and freind Dale

    P.S. some time i will share my story

  2. Linda says:

    thank you Greg
    Remember, you can never be too small for God to use, only too big!
    i have been listening this week and it has also been a blessing to hear this.

  3. mike says:

    dude, I know what you mean!

  4. Susie says:

    I can so relate to being the last one picked. I was not an atheltic type, and I was usually one of the last to be chosen. I was also not an accademic wiz either, so I was one of the odd ones out. I am so glad that I was. Had I been really good at something I may have let it go to my head. It did bother me to the point of making some really bad decisions in my younger years, but when I met Jesus, and He changed my life, It was so worth all the things that I had been through. I am so thankful that He knew me from the very beginning.
    In Christ,

  5. George says:

    When we view ourselves through comparisons with others it becomes very easy to be discouraged by our current plight in life. We are urged not to do this for in doing through God’s Word which we do not heed. When we take this view it is a short-sighted view for we do not know of the others circumstance/self-imposed limitations. We often make this view based on perceived inadequacies that we have adopted as short-comings. Yet we were all told that we are made in the wonderful image of God in whom we know that there are no shortcomings.

    Your passage serves to remind me that I am a wonderfully made creatures in need of a new perspective. That we are chosen prior to birth and irregard to our own actions. That in God, through His Son Jesus, we are made perfect, our sins have been forgiven and forgotten and we need to embrace that oneness with his vision.

  6. Abbey says:

    Hearing the promotion of Victorious Christian Living, by Alan Redpath, on KWVE the last couple of days, I thought “I have that. Maybe pick it up and read it again.” So this morning I went and pulled it off the shelf, and in flipping through it, saw a note in the margin – very lightly in pencil (old book, 1955): “Harvest 9/05” next to a prayer. In my copy, this is on p. 59, the last paragraph in the chapter entitled “The Royal Road to Blessing” – it says:

    “Say to Him, ‘Lord Jesus, from this moment on we face the impossibility, we put our feet by faith on it and look up into Thy face, and pray that Thou wilt keep it back and stand firm while we cross over this river and enter the land of blessing. May it be no more self, but Christ.’ ”

    Hmmm. I know I prayed this – don’t have time to go back in my journals to see if I typed/prayed anything else. Also noticed I have several paragraphs underlined in the “Counting the Cost” chapter. Going to read this again.

  7. lee says:

    hello “brother” greg, i just want to tell you that i went to harvest before it was harvest. it was a little church on the hill. then the new church was built (i went for 10 years). on wednesday nights i was a teacher asst. for dee hall in 3rd grade. “toffer” was one of my students. (HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTOPHER!!!) i remember having to speak to you about him on several occassions and look at you as just one of the dads and not our beloved pastor. sometimes it was difficult to not laugh.
    i am in kansas now and listen to the calvery chapel satalite station on my radio. every once in a while i turn on my radio and
    i hear your familiar voice. i praise the Lord that how far He has taken His church. in Christ , lee

  8. Johny says:

    Thanks Pastor Greg.. I could connect what you are trying to say.. I have been there.. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Heinrich says:

    Thank you pastor for the encouraging words… many a times i have been rejected in various places for being a Christian… especially in the college where all of my classmates are Hindus…. but God has put me as a light in the darkness…. to share his unending love with them…. Iam somuch blessed from your messages… Lets ROCK AND ROLL for JESUS!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I can say that everyone including myself have been rejected. No one likes that feeling of being unwanted. However, Greg is right. I know that I am a child of God too and I am accepted no mater what shape or form. I don’t need anyone to reject or select me as long as I have God by my side.


  11. Bennie Mac says:

    thank you pastor for putting into words what many of us feel but are unable or not yet ready to say. I have been listening to you on and off for the 8 years i have been saved by Faith in Christ .. God Bless Ya

  12. Alicia says:

    Hi Greg,
    I totally understand when you say it was hard for you to go back and look at your past so that you could write your testimony. I recently had the opportunity to speak to our youth girls at one of our events and we had to give our testimonies. It was very difficult for me also but I was also very blessed to see how I was once blind but now I see. Can’t wait to get a copy of your book. I have been listening to you for the last 6 years. I love your daily devotional’s and in fact my family and friends look forward to receiving them also. Thank you for your obediance and for making that stand some years ago when you accepted the Lord. You truly have impacted many lives and I’m filled with joy to see how blessed you are because of that choice. Continue to be strong in the faith because there still are still youth and adults that need someone like you…God bless

  13. Anne says:

    Being a short, Filipino girl, I was rejected and underestimated often…but with God in my life I’ve been described as a “fireball” for those who actually gave me a chance to prove myself. God is good…and in control…

  14. Susan says:


    It’s hard to rejected. Been there done that. But I am a Child of God… he has specificly choosen me. It’s amazing how plans come together…

    God Bless you Greg!

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