(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)
Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of watching TV shows or movies, which many people in my life like to give me a really hard time about. I guess they think I’m boring, haha! However, my family loves the movie Miracle. If you’ve never watched it before, it’s based on the true story about the men’s U.S. Olympic Hockey Team who won the gold medal against the Soviets in 1980.
Miracle is one of the few movies that I genuinely enjoy watching, and I think it’s because I relate so much with it from a ministry standpoint.
In the beginning of the movie, the head coach (Herb) is picking the guys he wants to be on his team. He’s studied every single one of them, well in advance, knowing their strengths and weaknesses before they even have a chance to play on the ice in front of him.
He knows the teams that they have played for and what position they’ve played the best in the past. So, after the very first day of tryouts, Herb hands his list of the guys he chose for the team to the assistant coach (Craig) to go through it and tell the guys who aren’t on the list that they can go home.
Craig, who has not studied the players pasts to know their strengths and weaknesses, turns to Herb and tells him that he doesn’t have some of the very best players on the list, and that he needs to reconsider his choices.
Herb then looked at Craig and says, “I’m not looking for the best ones, I’m looking for the right ones.”
Now, that is the part that I really relate with, and I want to tell you why… God looks for, and lovingly pursues, the “right” people. Totally opposite of our human tendency to chase the mass amounts of people that appear to be the “best” from a worldly perspective.
In Matthew 18:12, we are given the illustration that God’s people should go and search for the one lost sheep, even if it means that he has to leave 99 others behind. See, this is what Christ has done for us. I think we all could certainly testify that we must have been the “right” one when God redeemed us from our empty way of life.
I can testify to this because I am positive that I was not the “best” one when Jesus rescued me from the path of darkness and sin that I was on.
Jesus only had 12 disciples who said they were willing to follow Him while He was on earth, and later in the story we see that even some of the 12 were not fully devoted to this “Jesus thing”. He had a couple “right” ones in the mix though.
Y’all, our FEW Instagram page has over 200 followers, yet we average around 30 likes per post. That doesn’t disappoint me. Do you know why?
Because I’m convinced that those 30 are the “right” ones.
Listen, I really don’t care if celebrities look at or follow our social media accounts. I don’t care if we get verified or recognized.
Yeah, they may appear to be the “best” ones, but they’re not the “right” ones that God wants me to pursue and pour my time and effort into.
Are y’all ready to be encouraged today? The beauty of the Gospel is that we are ALL the “right” ones. It is us who make the distinction between the “right” ones and the “best” ones, not God.
When you look at it from Jesus’ perspective, you will quickly see that you will always be the “right” one to Him. He’s studied you, He knows your weaknesses and your past. Yet, I truly believe that He wants you to know that you don’t have to go back there again.
He willingly left the 99 to rescue me when I was the one. Now He’s the One who means everything to me.
You’re the “right” one. Don’t forget it.
SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
= Do you get caught up in looking for the “best” ones instead of the “right” one?
= How does it feel to know that Jesus is willing to lovingly pursue your heart?
= What are you going to do differently?