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Friday, July 27, 2007

Choosing the disciples

The disciples are also called apostles, which means messenger or authorized representative. Jesus didn’t choose them for their faith, because of course that wasn’t very strong yet. He didn’t choose them for any talent, power or position. The one characteristic they all had in common was a willingness to obey Jesus.
God empowered them after that to do His work.

The lesson we can take from this is: God uses ordinary people so we can never say, “I could never do that!” All you need to be is willing.

We are told that Jesus called “those whom He wanted” and who “came to Him immediately.” An indication of radical discipleship where people respond without delay. And these men were called to follow Jesus not to be passive listeners, but to be active participants in the work of the Kingdom. That’s all believers’ call too.
What did Jesus offer them? A life with Himself of poverty, opposition, loss of social standing and time consuming work. But, also fellowship on earth and an eternal reward. The purpose of their calling was that they might be with Him in fellowship and ministry.

My application Bible says Jesus chose 12 disciples to correspond with the 12 tribes of Israel to show continuity between the old religious system and the new one based on Jesus’ message.

Remember, He didn’t come to do away with the law, but to fulfill it.

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