October 1, 2009

Selecting Disciples

Imagine you are living 2,000 years ago, and you have been chosen as a member of a selection committee to determine who will assist Jesus in his ministry.  These are the men who will walk with Jesus, hear his sermons and witness his miracles. 

Yours is an awesome responsibility, for no one will know Jesus as well as the people you select for discipleship.

Unfortunately, none of the candidates you interview are qualified to assist Jesus.

Peter is a a blundering, clumsy and impulsive fisherman with a lurid vocabulary and a terrible temper.

James and John are impatient, ambitious and arrogant. Judas is volatile, unpredictable and dangerous.  Matthew is only interested in money.

The fact is none of these men or any of the rest of the candidates are qualified to walk with Jesus.

But these are the men Jesus chose ___ rough, crude, selfish, impulsive, quick tempered, cautious, greedy and vain. But when they became disciples of Jesus, they were changed, and they became one body in Christ.

When we walk with Jesus, we also become one body in Christ, and our guilt and shame, fears and despair, frustration and indecision are washed away and we begin a life-changing experience.

Blessings from Gpa Westerdahl