Simon (Jesus named him Peter) and Andrew, Peter's brother; James and John, Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew, Thomas, James (the son of Alphaeus), and Simon (called the Zealot), Judas (the son of James) and Judas Iscariot. This Judas was the one that gave Jesus to his enemies.
— Luke 6:14-16 NLT
So often we forget that our Bible heroes were real people. They had names, but like many of us, their friends gave them nicknames. They had personal histories; so like many of us, their names are associated with those histories. They came from families, and some of them were known by their relationship with their parent or sibling. Unfortunately, one of them lived in such a way to forever stain his name. Who we are is based upon our idiosyncrasies, our heritage, and choices. The wonderful thing about Jesus, however, is that who we become does not have to be forever tied to those things. Jesus can take the good in our past and make us far better. Jesus can take the bad in our past and make us new and use those failures to be the beginning point of ministry. So before we place the apostles on a pedestal, let's remember that they were ordinary guys whose lives were changed by Jesus. If he can do that with them, he can surely do that with us!
Heavenly Father, the God who created me in my mother's womb, please continue your work of creation in me as I yield my heart to the leading of your Spirit. Don't leave me where I am, but make me into a vessel fit for service in your Kingdom and in honor to my King. In the name of Jesus, your royal Son and my King, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
- Philippians 1:3-6
- Philippians 3:7-9
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.