Tag: following Jesus

“Called To be with Him”

Scripture reading for February 12th:  Mark 3

Key Scriptures:  Mark 3:13-15  “Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to Him those He wanted, and they came to Him.  He appointed twelve–designating them apostles–that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.”  

Jesus personally called the twelve and designated them as ‘apostles’.   He chose working men from various backgrounds and called them to follow Him and to be with Him. Working men would be trustworthy to do the work Jesus was calling them to.   We really get to know someone’s heart, values and temperament when we live with them. For these disciples to be what Jesus wanted them to be and accomplish the work of ministry, the first requirement was spending time with Jesus.

Jesus then gave them authority to preach and drive out demons.  They learned about this authority by watching Jesus use His authority to preach and drive out demons.  As they walked together throughout the land, Jesus continually preached to crowds and ministered healing and deliverance.  Watching with the understanding that they would soon be doing ministry like Jesus made learning come quicker!

Observation for over-comers: As disciples, our first calling is to be with our Lord, allowing His presence to fill our hearts.  The Holy Spirit is our continual guide!  “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  (Psalm 37:4)

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Will you follow Jesus “wherever”?

Scripture reading for January 12th, 2014:  Matthew 8

“When Jesus saw the crowd around Him, He gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.  Then a teacher of the law came to Him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”  Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”  Another disciple said to Him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”  But Jesus told him, “follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.””  Matthew 8:18-22

Two different men approached Jesus desiring to follow Him as apprentices.  Far from recruiting them and promising them fame and fortune for their willingness to learn, Jesus came back at them with strong statements of truth.  The first man was willing to follow Jesus “wherever” He would go. This man was told by Jesus that He had no place to go and stay.   Would he be willing to give up a home and it’s comforts to follow Him into the unknown?    Was this man willing to live by faith and trust Jesus for the future?

The second man asked Jesus for a leave of absence to bury his father.  We are not told if the father was sick and his death imminent or if this was a matter of this man waiting on time and chance to fulfill the obligation to care for his family.  Jesus firmly told him to come now!  Someone would always be there to bury the dead!  His was a ministry to those who wanted eternal life and urgency was required!  Check your own heart today!  Are you willing to follow Jesus “wherever” and “now”?

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