Have you ever wondered what it was like to be one of the twelve Jesus chose? Just think of it – Jesus’ inner circle of closest followers. They would see so much and be given so much responsibility. In that moment, they had no idea you would be reading about them all these years later.
Mark’s gospel tells us these are the men Jesus chose to accompany him, to go out and preach, and cast out demons. We know from other gospels that there are fishermen in this group, a tax collector, and a zealot. Mark also foreshadows for us the one who will later betray Jesus. If you’re reading about Jesus’ life for the first time, you’ll have to wait to see how that all plays out!
Jesus chose these people for reasons we may never know. That’s okay. Rather than try to figure out the why or who these men were, focus on the “what” they were called to do. They were being set apart for ministry within the community of faith Jesus was creating.
We, too, have been chosen. Your name may not be on this list of twelve, but you are still an important part of Jesus’ kingdom plan. It all starts with “being with” Jesus. We have so much to learn from Jesus’ words, his actions, and how he loves even the unlovable. From that companionship will come the power to preach, heal, and cast out demons.
How do you feel about being called by Jesus? We can often feel unworthy or unprepared. The twelve disciples probably felt the same way even though they had been watching Jesus in person. Spending time with Jesus has always been the answer. We can all rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us as well.
God never intended for us to have to fend for ourselves. He knew we’d need help, encouragement, and wisdom to stay on track and overcome the evil one’s schemes.
As a chosen one of God, how are you going to respond today?
Let’s pray. Lord, forgive me for those times that I don’t feel ready, help me to trust and rely on you. Thank you for the challenge of reaching out to people who don’t know you. Give me the boldness I need to invite them to know you and experience your love. Give me the patience I’ll need to deal with people who are indifferent to you and ignore my words. Thank you for the honor to be chosen. In Jesus’ name. Amen.