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Called

Mark 3.13-19
And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Imagine yourself back in grade school on the playground getting picked to play in a pick-up game. There is anticipation of whether he or she will pick you to be on their team. I wonder if the Apostles felt that same anticipation when Jesus went on top of the mountain to pick His team. We notice here in this passage that Jesus did not choose everyone to be an Apostle but only 12 men. Verse 13 says, “And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him.” As a side note, this alone reveals a statement of election. Jesus Himself chose who He desired to be an Apostle. Jesus’ purpose in choosing these 12 men was that they might be with Him and continue the ministry of the Kingdom of God.

But what about us today? Has Jesus picked you to be on His team?

My prayer for you today is that you would know that you have been called to God’s Kingdom. While more than likely you have not been called to be an Apostle (due to the office of Apostle ceasing after the first century), you have been called to be a disciple of Jesus. If you have received Christ Jesus as Lord of your life and asked Christ to forgive you of your sins, then you have become a follower of Christ, a disciple of Jesus.

I want to encourage you today to walk as a disciple of Jesus. For you have been called to no longer be a part of the world but to be a part of a new Kingdom: the Kingdom of God. I leave you today with the words of the Apostle Paul from his letter to the Ephesians verses 1.3-14:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be [holy] and [blameless] before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

In Christ’s Service,
Cody Ragland
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