What Jesus Did! 'No Accidental Band' — Mark 3:13

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Then Jesus went up on a hill. Jesus told some men to come to him. These were the men Jesus wanted. These men went up to Jesus.
— Mark 3:13 NLT
Illustration of Mark 3:13 NLT — Then Jesus went up on a hill. Jesus told some men to come to him. These were the men Jesus wanted. These men went up to Jesus.

Key Thought

When we meet the 12 apostles of Jesus, we need to know that they are not an accidental band of misfits. Jesus chose them prayerfully. They answered his call and followed him. He chose them carefully because he was about to invest his remaining time in training them. They would go with him and learn by being at his side—not just hearing his message, but seeing his life. What are we to learn from this? It seems to me that several lessons are important. First, Jesus chooses how he will use those of us who follow him—he is Lord and that is his right and responsibility. Second, we have to answer his call to follow; he will not force us. Third, the diversity and seeming insignificance of those he chose is purposeful—Jesus sees things in us and in others that we cannot see and longs to use us in his cause in special ways.

Today's Prayer

Loving God, the giver of every good and lasting gift, please help me to see those things you have created me to do. Even more, dear Father, move me to do those things whether I think they are menial or glorious, for I know that you will use everything I offer you to your glory and for the blessing of others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 139:13-16
  • Ephesians 4:7-13
  • Romans 8:28-30

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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.

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