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July
26
2020

Jesus calls the Twelve

Most people live life with no purpose and then struggle to find a purpose for living.  Your life doesn’t have to be that way. We can know for certain that God had a plan or purpose in mind when he created us.  Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them. As you read Mark 3:13-21, please keep in mind that each of the twelve men were doing something different with their lives before this moment when Jesus would call these men to leave everything and follow him.  Out of all the people in the crowd he desired these men for himself.  Jesus called and these men had a decision to make. You can hear them asking themselves this question, “Do I continue to do what i have always done or do i leave everything that i know and follow Jesus?” Jesus didn’t ask for volunteers, notice he called the twelve for the work that they were created for in him. He would appoint or make them fisher’s of men.  They would have to spend time with him. Listening to him teach and explain the way of the kingdom of God. They would have learn to depend on him alone. When they were ready he would send them out to preach the kingdom message. The message never changes. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Their message would be validate as being one that came from God, as Jesus gave them the authority to heal the sick and to cast out the unclean spirits or demons. (Matthew 10:1) These men’s lives would be changed or transformed as they spent time with Jesus. Your life will be changed by Jesus to if you spend time with him.  The same question applies to us today as it did the disciples on the day that Jesus chose them to be with himself.  Do I continue to live life as I know it-pursuing what I want or do I pursue Jesus Christ and let him change so that I can be and do that for which I was created by God for? Each mans life was forever by their decision that day.  Judas Iscariot never believe and he would be the one that would betray Jesus. The rest were transformed forever by Jesus.  Let’s stop and think about one you would normally never think about, Simon the Zealot. Here is a man who hated Roman occupation and  the Roman government period. Jesus called this zealot to be with him, spend time with him, eat meals with him, listen to him and learn from him.  Simon’s transformation would lead him to be zealous of sharing the gospel mess of Jesus Christ with everyone.  Jesus is the only one who can help those who are hurting. He is the only one who can love those who have been broken and he is the only one who can give hope to the lost. Will you spend time with Jesus?

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