You may not have had this experience for a number of reasons, but look to sympathise with that boy.
When it’s time, a number of the boys will go out to play football and it will first be time to pick the sides. Two captains will get to pick one boy each until the sides are chosen. Those captains will go for the best players, then the best combinations, then the useful and then – that boy. That boy looks ungainly or chubby. That boy is not cool in any sense of the word. He’s not even a decent nerd type who can at least keep the score. It’s not so much a case of him being picked for a side as because he’s the last boy he goes with whichever side hasn’t chosen and even that captain isn’t that fussed. No way anyone would pick that boy.
It doesn’t have to be football.
There are a number of things in life that we have set ideas as to who can do it and who won’t. There is a that boy for quite a number of issues in life. Certainly back in his time, if you were to select those who would get the privilege of following the Messiah, there was certainly one type of person you wouldn’t go for. That boy in this case was that tax collector.
Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. (Luke 5:27-28)
You would have thought we would have taken the hint from the example of the Messiah. But how many times are we more like the disapproving religious elite of the time? She doesn’t suit the part. He can’t possibly be the part. She doesn’t have the credentials. Have you seen his past? Have you seen her present? There’s no possible way they could possibly be.
Thank God that it’s still Jesus doing the choosing and selecting some people who we would never have imagined to follow Him into doing great exploits.
Thank God that even when we disapprove, Jesus has no problems making among his first picks – that boy.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden