Scripture: Mark 3:7-19
Key verse: (14) And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim his message.
Reflection: In our church we talk a lot about the call to follow Jesus as disciples. The word “disciple” is related to the word “discipline” and comes from a Latin word for pupil or student. Disciples of Jesus are called to be students who learn about him and about God’s Word. But disciples are much more than students. We are called to imitate the teacher, to be apprentices or interns who are seeking to live like our teacher lives.
In today’s passage, Mark tells us that Jesus appointed twelve disciples. Each one was called. They didn’t join the group like joining a country club or a sports team. Jesus chose them. And he named them apostles, which literally means “sent ones.” These twelve disciples were called to shift from following Jesus to going out into the world on his behalf. He entrusted them with authority to do ministry. They were his ambassadors, speaking and acting for him. How would they be able to do that?
Jesus appointed them to be with him and to be sent out. They needed to spend time with him, to learn from him, and to observe his ministry. But they couldn’t stay with him. They were sent out into the world. The rhythm of time with him and time out in the world became a pattern. Long after Jesus ascended into heaven the early church kept this pattern of time together to worship, study and pray, and then time out in the world to share the good news.
Does your life have this rhythm? What are you doing to learn from Jesus? I hope you worship and study and pray in the context of a faith community (the Body of Christ). Where are you sent out to proclaim the gospel? I hope you have found a place of ministry where you are using your gifts to bring good news to someone else. When the rhythm is distorted, we are no longer faithful to the call of Jesus.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for calling me to be a disciple. Equip me to be an apostle, bringing good news to the world today and every day. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].