Of Them He Chose Twelve
Daily Devotional for November 3rd
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. Luke 6:13-16
Looking at the twelve disciples, one cannot help but marvel at the choices Jesus made. Fishermen, tax collectors, zealots, etc were not the most desirable of crowds to choose from. Paul declared that not many mighty, not many noble are called. Jesus chooses the weak things of the world. Why does He do this? The Spirit of God was able to use these men mightily in the world to reach the lost. The same is true of you friend. You should be encouraged today that Jesus chose imperfect people to be His disciples.
The calling God has on your life cannot be compared to anyone else’s. God’s purpose for your life is no less than any others. It is also no greater than others. God has uniquely selected a purpose for each of us to fulfill. Peter revealed Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34. Although some people insist that the Lord picks and chooses unjustly, He clearly does not. To say such things is an attack on the character of God. So why did Jesus choose the original twelve to walk with Him, to learn of Him and to ultimately carry on this gospel after He ascended to the Father?
In this verse, we see clearly the biblical view of the Lord’s calling and choosing. Jesus, without partiality, calls all of us to Himself. Jesus initially called Peter, James and John to be mere disciples at the sea of Galilee; not to be of His twelve. Their willingness to follow Jesus as a disciple placed them in the multitude from which He would choose men to rise higher as apostles. This is the way calling and choosing works. Simply stated; those who are chosen for great things are first faithful in that which is little.
If God chooses you for a specific task, it is not because you are exalted above anyone else, but because you have been faithful to the calling you are already abiding in. You have the opportunity today to be used in a great and mighty way. God does not look at your abilities, but your willingness to be used of Him. God does the work through you, so there’s no need for ability; only obedience. If you will present yourself unto the Lord, He will move mightily through you to the world!
When we look at the twelve disciples, it was clearly not that Jesus’ love was greater love to them than all of the other disciples, but their love for Jesus. Should we not rather see their own willingness to be used of God? Should we also not see the same for ourselves? What about your love for God, friend? Does your love for Jesus drive you to service? God will choose you for wonderful things for Him if you will love Him and seek His will. Those who God chooses to use are not as used as most people suppose, but rather that those people were willing to be used of God.