Jesus Chooses His Twelve Disciples
Daily Bible Reading – Numbers 14-16; Mark 3
Today’s Key Passage – Mark 3:7-19
When we see Jesus in Mark 3, He was already a very popular figure. Wherever He went, large crowds were sure to follow, as everyone wanted to see more of His miracles. Out of the large group that was following His every move, Jesus decided to take twelve men and make them His disciples. Jesus wanted to have a close group of twelve men that He could walk with daily. He would teach them, spend time with them, and prepare them for a time when He would no longer be there in physical form. Jesus would make these men ready to eventually start the church that we know today. Since Jesus was only one man, He restricted His number of disciples to twelve to make sure they would each get His individual attention. So why did He choose these particular twelve men? They must have had something special about them, right? Were they men with an exceeding amount of faith? Later Scriptures would reveal that these twelve men actually faltered in their faith quite a few times. Were they men with unique abilities or special skills? We read in the Bible that they were normal, everyday men with normal, everyday lives before meeting Jesus. So, what was the secret? Why were these twelve men chosen?
While none of the men had an exceeding amount of faith, popular personalities or unique abilities, they all shared two important traits. These men were willing to follow Jesus and they were teachable. These men loved Jesus. They would do anything for Him. They knew that He was their Lord and they wanted to follow Him and obey Him. They wanted to learn from him and understand His ways, and they wanted to live their lives for Him. That was enough for Jesus. He did not need special talents or abilities. He did not need someone who knew the Scriptures backward and forward and who were well learned. He needed people who were willing to follow Him and who were teachable.
Even today, Jesus is still looking for disciples, though we have a few benefits over the original twelve. First, we already know the whole story. The disciples had to live out the story of Jesus day by day never really knowing where it was going to lead, but we can read about it every single day. We know the ending. We know that He is God. We know that He lives forever. We know that one day He will come back in glory to rule over everything and everyone. In addition, because we now have the Holy Spirit, Jesus no longer has to restrict Himself to twelve disciples. Each of us can become a disciple of Jesus and still get personal, one on one attention from Him. We can talk with Him and walk with Him every single moment of every single day of our lives. What do we have to do to become His disciples today? What traits do we need to have? Do we need to memorize the entire Bible before we can be disciples? While memorizing Scripture is a great idea that will definitely help you in your walk, it will not make you a disciple. Do we need to get an advanced degree in theology before we can be disciples? Getting a degree in theology is great for some people but that will not make you a disciple either. The price of admission to being a disciple is exactly the same today as it was for the original twelve. Jesus is looking for people who are willing to follow Him and who are teachable. That is it. He is hiring for the position of disciple. You will receive on-the-job training from Jesus Christ Himself. He will mold you and shape you in His image, and then He will ask you to go out and reproduce yourself in others. Once you become a disciple, you will long to create other disciples for Him. The only special skills required are the willingness to follow Jesus and allow Him to teach you. If you are looking for a steady job with eternal benefits, apply today. You do not even need to send in your resume or go to His office. You can simply bow your head right where you are and ask Jesus to make you His disciple, and He will meet you right where you are.
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