Hi everyone, and welcome to another Message Mondays. Today in church my pastor preached about Jesus calling his disciples. These were twelve men chosen from all walks of life. They were working men, blue collar, and mostly uneducated. I know one of the tendencies I have when reading the Bible is to picture the people as ‘superhuman’ and without flaws. But that’s crazy. Only Jesus is without flaws. Peter had a hot temper and even went as far as denying Jesus. The disciples fell asleep right after Jesus asked them not to. They argued, fought, and showed signs of human weakness.
Matthew (or Levi) was a tax collector. In those days, we might have looked down on someone like that. Tax collectors were known for being dishonest (and let’s face it, they took your money). But Jesus was able to call someone like this to his side to minister and leave a lasting impact on the world as we know it. A lot of people followed Jesus at first, but only twelve remained true throughout Jesus’ ministry. The spiritual leaders looked down their noses on Jesus for hanging out with “tax collectors and sinners”. But as Luke writes: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”
Who can you reach for Jesus today? Are we content to sit home, or stay at church, in our own comfort zone. It’s easier for me to ignore the world around me than to face the reality that every day people are dying and going to Hell. Jesus called twelve unlikely men to learn from Him and help spread the gospel. There’s no excuse for us not to do the same. We have the privilege of God’s holy word written down for us. Don’t let your hesitations get in the way of talking to someone about Christ. Perhaps God wants you to go and reach the unreachable. It won’t be easy, but it will always be worth it.