The NFL just had their annual draft. The 2018 NFL Draft was the 83rd annual meeting of National Football League franchises to select newly eligible players for the 2018 NFL season. It lasts three days and comes with a lot of hype. The draft is also called the Player Selection Meeting. Teams select eligible college football players. It serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment.
If you are a Cleveland Browns fan, you know the anticipation and excitement that has surrounded the draft. You are aware of the hope for the future that hangs on the draft opportunities and selections. The Browns wrapped up the NFL Draft by adding a total of nine players over the course of the three days, including, most notably, quarterback Baker Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward.
The draft is compiled of having the athletes go through different skill tests and evaluations to see where they are strong and what areas they struggle in. Of course, teams are wanting to draft players who will come enthusiastically and play effectively in the area of their skill. But occasionally someone is drafted who doesn’t want to go to that team. See, you can’t just volunteer to go to a team. They have to want you.
We are wanted on the greatest team to ever grace the planet. God has gifted each of us with different and special gifts and made us with the ability to fulfill specific positions so that His work will be done effectively and efficiently.
Paul tells us, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians2:10).
Peter tells us, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter4:10).
Then, in his instructive letter to his son in the Lord, Timothy, Paul said, “God saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”
It is a great honor to be drafted into the NFL on any team, but it is even greater to know, recognize and embrace the truth that God has called us to serve on His team. The thing is, though, we haven’t been drafted in the sense that we must play on that team whether we want to or not. We have a choice. Neither are we volunteers. We have an incredible distinction. We are called by God to fulfill a position especially created for us, a position that needs exactly what we have to offer.
Can you imagine the excitement and thrill when a football player is drafted? That player looks forward to suiting up and getting out on the field for their first game. They are ready to give it everything they have. It is important to them that they do whatever it takes to give their best. So it is with us and God. Once we know He has chosen us, gifted us, called us, and equipped us, we can be excited and thrilled to get into the game of service and ministry in God’s kingdom.
Suit up! Get in the game. We need you, the kingdom of God needs you for the win!