“You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.” ― Leviticus 20:26 (ESV)
Remember that “wonderful” experience (notice the sarcasm) in elementary school of being picked for teams during recess? The same two kids were captains every time, and the picking of teams went the same way. And at the end, if no one else joined the game that day, the same two people were left waiting at the end, hoping to be picked so that they weren’t last. Now, if you were picked last, I’m so sorry. I’m not trying to bring up any bad memories from your childhood. I promise there is a point to the story, and hope is coming.
The truth is that we all want to be wanted. We all want to be picked instead of feeling like someone’s project, or the leftover of the group. To be the “leftover” is never something that anyone strives to be. But can I encourage you if you feel like a leftover? There are no leftovers. God does not get stuck with anyone. Rather, he chooses. He picks. Out of his desire for you, he chose you. Paul words it this way when writing to the Christians in Ephesus:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption…” (Ephesians 1:3-5, ESV)
I always use this line when trying to explain the beauty of this passage: before God said, “Let there be light,” he said, “Let them be mine.”
Christian: you were chosen. You are not a leftover. God has never seen you that way, and he knew you before you existed. You are his, and he is yours. What a beautiful relationship we have with God, that we are invited into by God, which he set in place before he set creation in motion.
You are not a leftover. You were his first choice. And if you listen carefully I’m convinced that you’ll hear him say to you the same thing he said to the Israelites in the passage above: “You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.”
Love you all more than you know,