Yesterday at housechurch, after a time of worship, I plainly asked everybody present about what they thought was the reason God chose them. Or for that matter, why did Jesus chose any of His disciples and I was not surprised by the answers I received from them.
The most common answer was to preach the gospel. Few even mentioned casting out of demons and healing the sick. And I realised that we as Christians are not any less blinded than those who do not know Christ. We are so attracted to or wanting to do things (works) that we very easily neglect the most important part of the call of God to us. Don’t get me wrong, preaching the gospel to those who are lost, bringing healing to them that hurt is definitely part of what God wants us to do. But the truth is that there is more.
In Mark 3:13-15 it says 13 And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons
God’s 3 Point Plan
- They should be with Him
- Following which he would send them forth to preach
- And when they are out preaching they would also heal people and drive away demons.
I wonder why Jesus put the ‘They should be with Him’ part first. Don’t lose out on the ‘SHOULD’ in there. God’s desire, more than all the works that we can do for him, is that we be with Him.
For three and a half years, the disciples lived with Jesus. They did everything together. There was no aspect of their lives that Jesus was not part of. Be it going to weddings, eating and ministering together. And that had laid a foundation for the disciples to achieve all that they did after Jesus leaving this earth.
If only today we make Jesus part and priority of every aspect of our lives, we would not need to worry about the other two things. Because the word says, He sent them and gave them powers over sickness and demons.
It’s about living with Him, playing with Him, going to work with Him, shopping with Him. Make Him an inseparable part of everything you do. Remember, He desires that we should be with Him. It’s an effort we have to make because He never loses sight of us.