The NFL Draft and God’s unseemly picks

Posted by Jimmy Larche, Category: Faith & Theology,

Last weekend was the NFL draft. The crazy thing about the draft is the uncertainty of the future. The draft is rich with talented prospects on paper, but we all know paper doesn’t get it done at the next level.

Reading an article about the worst draft picks of all-time, I got to thinking about what I must have looked like on paper before God drafted me to be a part of His team… and I must admit – it wasn’t pretty or prospective.

I was locked up in a juvenile center at 16-years-old when I first responded to His “draft”. Of course, God had been pursuing me long before that. But it was during that lock-up season at a very rebellious stage in my life that I finally surrendered my will to serve Him.

Like the draft, I had my critics as well. Many of them declared I had only found jailhouse religion – a religious experience that would fade given time.

More than twenty years later, as a husband and father of three beautiful children, I’m so thankful that God saw something worth pursuing in a hopeless and wayward teenager, something that I, nor my critics would’ve ever discovered.

Whatever it was that God saw, I’m not sure. I only stand amazed at His grace - grace that silences our critics and defies the limitations others may scathe us with.

I think of what God said to his GM, Samuel, when Samuel wasn’t sold on God’s #1 draft pick in an unproven small-school shepherd boy named David. Samuel saw the raw, physical strength of Eliab and was convinced that he was going to be the face of the franchise. Yet, God said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).

Looking at your calling, aren’t you thankful that God doesn’t see draft picks the way man does (through the lens of physical appearances, intellectual capacity, or human abilities)? He sees things much differently than we do… He looks at the heart through the eyes of GRACE.

Yes, God’s draft picks are quite unseemly.