Selecting teams for “tackle football” each day on the playground was the highlight of my entire fifth grade year. If I wasn’t one of the captains picking teams then I was certainly one of the first picks. It felt good to know that I was a leader on the playground football field.
When choosing his team, Jesus didn’t go with the best available. At least not in the world’s eyes. He went with the weak and dependent. There was nothing special about the twelve men Jesus gathered as disciples, they were passed over as rabbis and most of them left to be fishermen.
I’m guessing Jesus would have picked the boys playing jump rope to come on over and be on his playground football team during recess.
When choosing the disciples, Jesus could have gone to the temples and chosen those who had memorized the Torah. He could have recruited men of influence and good standing. He could have chosen those who were popular or wealthy. Instead, he took the least of these. He looked past the most obvious apprentices, approached some fishermen and simply said, “Follow me.” They did:
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people.” And they left their nets at once and followed him. -Matthew 4:19-20
Check out some of the descriptions the Appendix of the Bible uses to fill us in on the characteristics of the disciples: treacherous, greedy, doubtful, despised, judgmental, short-tempered, and impulsive. These were people who struggled with imperfections. Think you can relate?
What made the disciples stand out is that they were willing to leave everything behind to follow Jesus. There is no need to improve yourself before you try to follow Jesus. Get up and go!
Jesus has picked you first. He believes in you and knows what you can do through him.
Question: Jesus asked the fishermen to drop their nets and follow, what is he asking you to leave behind? Click here to comment.