Blue Chippers…

Warning: Sports analogy to follow…


I am an admitted college football recruiting geek, convinced that a National Championship is won or lost on signing day. The months of January and February are prime time for young men to declare the college of their choice. As with most 18 year old’s, determining their thought process is a crap-shoot at best. But that doesn’t stop me from spending waaaay too much time following their “leans” on multiple websites.

So another signing day has passed in college football. “Blue Chippers”, “All-Americans”, and “All Stars” have made their decisions and now coaches and fans (insert shameless boast – Florida had the consensus #1 class) begin to celebrate their recruiting “victories.”

These players are physical specimens in every way. Offensive linemen come in weighing 300 pounds, wide receivers and defensive backs run the 40 in under 4.4 and quarterbacks are 6″5″ and throw the football 80 yards on the fly. However, even with all these gifts and abilities, there is no “guarantee” of success. No system exists that successfully measures the athlete’s heart.

God values our heart above our outward appearance. Saul, having lost favor with God, was rejected as King. Samuel was sent to Bethlehem to the home of Jesse, the father of eight sons. Samuel’s job was to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the next King. Jesse lined up seven of his sons, in birth order, to pass in front of Samuel thinking surely Eliab, his first born would be chosen. While Eliab’s appearance was impressive, he was not God’s choice. David, the youngest, was tending sheep and so far from the action that his father was not even pushing him for the job. David was anointed. God knew David’s heart and knew that he would do anything that God asked him to do.

Over the next four years, many of the five-star athletes will fade and recruits with less glamour, but more “heart” will surface and become better players. They will be willing to do whatever it takes to get better individually and as a team.

God is in the recruiting business also.

If we were to stand before Him like Jesse’s sons, would He choose us because of what He sees in our heart? My challenge this week is to examine my heart.

But the Lord 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


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: