Sermon Illustrations

Imagine a group of children about to pick sides for a game of kickball. We know the drill don’t we. The best two players are selected as “captains,” and they in turn will be the best players they can for their teams. But just suppose, the two who are always picked last are given the chance to be captains. Suppose the game unfolds as an exercise in having fun — not just winning the game. Suppose the teams are delighted in having captains who can’t kick or field well, but love to play — and that love becomes infectious. Never will happen, will it. In the world of team sports, even at a playground level, we want those who can perform. Guess what? God love to pick the ones picked last.