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
embarked on 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
be capable of becoming under his direction and power.
Give yourself unreservedly to God - he will use you for greatness in his kingdom
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 unreservedly to God?
Jesus offers true freedom and healing for all who are troubled or afflicted
Wherever Jesus went the people came to him because they had heard 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 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 did, how do you respond? With doubt or with expectant faith? With skepticism or with confident trust? Ask the Lord to increase your faith in his saving power and grace.
1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers: Jesus chose fishermen and tax collectors to be apostles, by Ambrose of Milan, 339-397 A.D.
"It says, 'He called his disciples, and he chose twelve of them,'
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 chose not wise men, nor rich men, nor nobles,
but fishermen and tax collectors, whom he would direct, lest they
seem to have seduced some by wisdom, or bought them with riches,
or attracted them to their own grace with the authority of power
and nobility. He did this so that the reasoning of truth, not the
grace of disputation, should prevail."(excerpt from
EXPOSITION OF THE GOSPEL OF LUKE 5.44)