When is the last time you said or thought those two words?  Was it at elementary school recess when teams were being selected for kickball, baseball, or another game?  Oh, wasn’t it such a wonderful feeling to be among the first to be selected?  Did you feel badly for the kid who always seemed to be picked last?  Were you always picked last?  
Perhaps you have recently been, or are currently, looking for work.  Doesn’t it make you feel valued as a person to be called for an interview or finally offered the position?  
However, did you raise your hand and shout those two words when your church or a neighborhood charity circulated the need for some volunteers? Did you volunteer your time or your home to needy animals when the humane society announced they were over crowded? Did you raise your hand with “Choose me!” when the foster care program let it be known that loving homes were desperately needed for children in your community?
We like to be chosen.  We want the ranking and the respect that comes with being chosen for a team or a job.  We long for opportunities that will display our skills at their finest and bring accolades or allow us to accumulate more stuff.

Yet, have you ever seen a line of competitors at your church hoping to be selected as the most qualified volunteer to organize a prison ministry, lead the Sunday school program or coordinate visits and activities for the local nursing home?  Is there fierce competition for the church, district, or synod mission committees?  Do your church leaders have more willing and able workers at their disposal than they know what to do with?
Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  This is my command:  Love each other” (John 15:16-17).

Even though you may have been picked last in elementary school or you are wondering if you will ever have the job that you really want, there are many places that would whoop and holler with joy if you walked through their doors and offered your skills, talents, and time.  More importantly, Jesus claps and cheers as you offer in his name, whatever it is you have at your disposal!

Ready, Lord, I’m ready, Lord, to follow where you lead;
Oh, show me, Lord, just show me, Lord, the service you will need.
Ready Lord, I’m ready, Lord, I’m ready, come what may,
So call me, Lord, just call me, Lord, and I’ll be on your way. *

Your sister in Christ,
Amanda Artz
* “Ready, Lord” from Let All the People Praise You, pg 252, verse 1