November 1, 2017
Read: Mark 2:23-3:19
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Scripture- Mark 3:13- Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him.
Observations- Jesus selected His disciples in a way like no other rabbi of the time. All of the rabbis required that people make a formal application to study with him. If after examining the candidate fully the rabbi deemed the potential student worthy of learning under his scholarship, then that applicant would become an apprentice. Jesus, however, didn't wait for applications to be submitted; rather He pursued and selected unlikely and surprising characters to serve as His apprentices.
Application- It's a good and glorious thing that Jesus doesn't screen out folks who aren't worthy to follow Him. After all where would that leave me?! I'd be stuck on the outside looking in at those whose natural qualifications far exceeded my own, but Jesus chose to pursue me, even me, to be His lifelong apprentice. He invites all who will come on the journey to be called into joyful service and selected to walk with Him here and now and forever. What amazing grace that God equips the called instead of calling those who are already equipped!
Prayer- God, thank You for inviting to be on an incredible journey of faith, hope, and love with Your Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ. Remind me- again and again for I need to hear it so often- that You have uniquely selected me to a lifelong learner on the way with Jesus. Thank You for pushing me to serve well before "I'm ready," for otherwise I might never get started. Thanks for Your church, which is a place for all of us to be challenged and changed through Your love. Amen.
"But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light." (1 Peter 2:9),