Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. Mark 3:13
This passage from the Gospel of Mark recounts Jesus’ appointment of His 12 apostles. Imagine you are one of the 12 chosen to be part of His inner circle. What might you be thinking at His pronouncement that you are one of the 12? “Who, me? I can’t do this! I am just an ordinary man and you…you have something about you that is so beyond anything that I have ever experienced. I feel so inadequate to serve with you.”
Three important things happened in the appointing of the 12 apostles. First, they were chosen by Jesus to serve with Him in His mission. Most likely, there were more qualified individuals than this bungling cast of characters, yet Jesus chose them anyway. Secondly, Jesus called them. The apostles did not volunteer for these special positions. Jesus called them to serve alongside Him in His mission. Lastly, the apostles responded. They must have felt honored while at the same time wondered, “What am I getting into?” They had witnessed Jesus’ miraculous healing of the sick and the casting out of evil spirits, but none of them had ever done anything remotely like this. Still, this is what Jesus was calling them to do, “that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons” (Mk 3:14). Jesus knew that they were humanly incapable of fulfilling this call, so He bestowed on them the authority to do so in His name.
But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you…he who formed you…“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Do not be afraid, for I am with you…” Isaiah 43:1-2, 5
Be encouraged by the legacy of the apostles. God has chosen you for an important mission. He has called you to serve Him in a special way, by honoring your marriage vows, standing and praying for the healing of your broken family. Remember that “you are…chosen…God’s special possession” (1 Pt 2:9). Jesus has chosen you, He has called you. It is up to you to respond.
“…if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” 1 Samuel 3:9
With God’s assistance, you can do great things. He will equip you with everything you need. Step out in faith as the apostles did. You are capable of serving God in ways beyond anything that you could have hoped or imagined. He will empower you for the mission that He has for you. Go in power and in peace with the knowledge that the Lord does not call those who are equipped, but equips those who are called. I pray that the Lord will give you the courage to say “yes” and the courage to believe that He will give you the wisdom, the power and the ability to do His will.
“Here I am, I have come to do your will.” Hebrews 10:9
God is with you, my Brother. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
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