One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names: Simon (whom he named Peter), Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (who was called the zealot), Thaddaeus or Judas (son of James), Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him). Luke 6: 12-16.
Can you imagine what each one of these disciples thought when they were chosen by Jesus? My mind reals with images of excitement, laughter, anxiousness, fear of the unknown. When I think of the disciples I think they were just like Jesus; perfect in every way but no that is not an accurate statement: These men were human just like us. They had fears and anxiety, they had tempers and could get angry, they were scared of the unknown and uncertain of where this man that had called them was going to lead them. Yet, they left everything to follow him. Jesus chose them for a mission and in choosing them; Jesus knew everything about them. Just like he knows everything about me and you!. Jesus knew their personalities both strong and weak, Jesus knew these men would disappoint him, desert him, deny him, and betray him. Followers of Christ are given the great Commission to go out and make disciples of all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit. He gives us the same instructions (we are summoned to the Great Commission) If these twelve ordinary average Joe's can go out into the world and 2000 years later the story is still being told across the world. What can we do as ordinary average individuals with just one life we encounter. Are you All In?