Dear Friend of Vision
“And He went up on the mountain and summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him. And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, and to have authority to cast out the demons.” (Mk. 3:13-15)
The relational characteristic of Jesus call is what impresses me most about this passage of scripture…and there seems to be much more to the story. First of all, the twelve he appointed were not just random choices. No doubt Jesus has ample opportunity, as he ministered to folks in Galilee, to observe the many, perhaps dozens or more men (primarily due to culture) who followed and listened to Jesus teaching. As they “pressed in” to Jesus, he would note those who were intently listening, and sensed by the Holy Spirit the ones with the Father’s hand upon them. Also note that Jesus chose the ones, in consultation with the Father, he wanted. I often wonder why God chooses some and not others, but essentially that is his call, not ours. Finally, it is important to see that Jesus first and foremost goal was that the disciples would be with him, in intimate relationship, long before given power over the devil and leadership in his future church. It is the relationship that mattered most…and produced the fruit of apostleship and the launch of the Kingdom in the earth.