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It Ain't You, It's What You're Into

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I was watching a documentary on the NFL Draft. It followed the fortunes of several college football players who hoped some team would see them as worthwhile roster additions. It was quite sobering to watch these highly regarded collegiate athletes reduced to the equivalent of being among the least coordinated kids on the school playground – you know, not knowing they would play, but just hoping someone would pick them to be on their team. They were all good players with impressive athletic resumes, so talent alone was not the differentiator. The NFL teams wanted to know about family, friends, past brushes with the law, what type of teammate the player might be. Teams were not so much concerned about the player sometimes as they were about the player’s situation, what things they were into. Sometimes, the saints of God, despite their statements to the contrary, forget that entering into and continuing in the kingdom of God is less a matter of who they are and more a matter of what they're into. While God does not, and need not, run background checks on anyone, He is interested only in certain types of people. As the NFL draft pool is filled with talented players trying to reach the next level, Heaven's draft pool is filled with sinners seeking to do the same thing. And God selects saints in much the same way NFL teams select draft picks: it's not so much about the person as it is about the person's situation.

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