While it’s not always ideal to merely fit in – as Christians, we are indeed called to stand out – it’s comforting to know that the twelve disciples Jesus called were simply “average Joes.”
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles (Luke 6:12-13).
Even Jesus, the Son of God, had to spend some time in prayer before making this landmark decision. Notice he didn’t pick and choose the best of the best for his team. No highly-trained teachers, skilled interpreters, medical professionals, or wealthy businessmen were needed for this group. It was more impactful that our Lord chose twelve seemingly random men to help change the world. And change the world they did…
Consider the case of Matthew. A reviled tax collector, Matthew was simply doing his job that day. Jesus saw him, said “Follow me,” and the rest is history. “Matthew got up and followed him” (Matt 9:9). Tax collectors were not respected during Matthew’s time, partly because they were Jews working for the hated Romans. Perhaps you are asking the questions, “Why did Jesus pick a guy like Matthew, a man who was corrupt and dishonest, to follow him? To be a leader in the early church? To act as an agent of change?”
If Christ could choose someone like Matthew, exactly why wouldn’t he choose you?
Well, that’s the point, isn’t it? He does choose you! If you are in this church building this morning (or reading this online), you are a candidate to be “one of the guys” (or gals). In many ways we are those early disciples. Truly we don’t know how God will use us each day. When He says, “Follow me,” do we drop what we’re doing and take that leap of faith, just like Matthew did 2,000 years ago? Or do we play it safe? “I’ll wait until I’m ready to change my ways, pick up my cross, and follow the Lord,” you may say.
That’s not what Christianity is about. It’s never about us. It’s always about God. His will for us is what drives us each day, rather than what we wish for ourselves.
When God says, “Follow me,” do just that. Let Him show you how to be fishers of men.
In His Name,