Master to Messiah Introduction and Day 11
Week 3 – ON MISSION WITH JESUS
Have you been called by God to serve in His Kingdom? If at some point in your life you have accepted the Gospel message and Jesus Christ as Lord, then you are absolutely called to serve in His Kingdom; to be on mission with Christ. All Christians are called to be a Royal Priesthood and a Holy Nation, set apart for the work of God. In this week of devotions, you will see that the disciples move from just learning and observing to participating in the work. And see the challenge to ourselves to join Jesus in His mission.
Week 3 >> Day 1
Jesus Appoints the Twelve
Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him. Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach, giving them authority to cast out demons. These are the twelve he chose: Simon (whom he named Peter), James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them “Sons of Thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the zealot), Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
It is now, during this second year of the ministry, Jesus calls out the twelve and sets them aside as appointed disciples. The Lord gives them a special calling as He chooses them to be His companions and missionaries. Little do they know what this means as the death, burial, and resurrection approaches. Through these men, Jesus will institute His church.
Peter and the disciples will face persecution and take on the responsibilities of starting the movement called Christianity. Had they known this from the beginning, they may not have followed Jesus at all. Jesus intentionally prepares them for His calling even when their understanding is limited.
Often, God does similar things with us. We can relate to Peter and the disciples. Jesus asks us to simply follow and trust Him. Day by day, we take steps and grow in our faith as He prepares us for bigger and bigger things. It is in daily events that our faith grows and our trust in Him grows. It was this same journey that Peter was walking that was causing his faith in God to grow.
Reflect back over the last 2 weeks of the devotional, and thank God for how He is growing you in your walk with Him.
How do you think Peter felt when Jesus calls his name to join Him on the mountain
- In what ways does God personally validate for you that He has called you for a bigger purpose?
- Pray that God will grow your faith and trust in Him today as you take the next step toward the calling He has for you.