Scripture: Luke 6:12-19 (alternate reading: Matthew 1:1-16,18-23)
12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray; and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles; 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 17 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; 18 and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and healed them all.
Meditation: What is God's call on your life? When Jesus began his mission he chose twelve men to be his friends and apostles. In the choice of the twelve, we see a characteristic feature of God's work - Jesus chose very ordinary people. They were non-professionals who had no wealth or position. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things, had no special education, and no social advantages. Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take an assignment and do it extraordinarily well. He chose these men, not for what they were, but for what they would become under his direction and power. When the Lord calls us to serve, we must not shrug back because we think that we have little or nothing to offer. The Lord takes what ordinary people, like us, can offer and uses it for greatness in his kingdom. Is there anything holding you back from giving yourself wholeheartedly to God?
Approach Jesus with expectant faith
Wherever Jesus went the people came to him because they had heard about all the things he did. They were hungry for God and desired healing from their afflictions. In faith they pressed upon Jesus to touch him. As they did so power came from Jesus and they were healed. Even demons, the fallen angels who had rebelled against God, trembled in the presence of Jesus and left at his rebuke. Jesus offers freedom from the power of sin and oppression to all who seek him with expectant faith. When you hear God's word and consider all that Jesus has done for us, how do you respond? With doubt or with expectant faith? With skepticism or with confident trust? Ask the Lord Jesus to increase your faith in his saving power and grace.
"Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Inflame my heart with a burning love for you and with an expectant faith in your saving power. Take my life and all that I have as an offering of love for you, who are my All."
1 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name for ever
2 Every day I will bless you, and praise your name for ever and ever.
8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Jesus chooses fishermen and tax collectors, by Ambrose of Milan, 339-397 A.D.
"[The Gospel of Luke] says, 'He called his disciples, and he
chose from them twelve,' whom he appointed sowers of the faith, to
spread the help of human salvation throughout the world. At the
same time, observe the heavenly counsel. he did not chose wise
men, nor rich men, nor nobles, but fishermen (Matthew 4:18) and
tax collectors (Matthew 10:3), whom he would direct, lest they
seem to have seduced some by wisdom, or bought them with riches,
or attracted them to their own favor with the authority of power
and nobility. He did this so that the reasoning of truth, not the
charm of disputation, should prevail." (excerpt from
EXPOSITION OF THE GOSPEL OF LUKE 5.44)
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