Have you ever felt like a loser, I’ve got great news today! Jesus is looking for you, because He still transforms people who feel like failures into faithful disciples who change the course of history.
Did you know all of Jesus’ disciples would have been considered losers by their culture? No rabbi (or teacher) in the first-century Jewish world would have chosen any of the 12 guys Jesus called to be His followers.
For Jewish people, the education of their children was not only important, it was the key means of survival as the people of God. Beginning at age 6, children would begin to learn and memorize the Jewish Scriptures. Those who were particularly talented would move up the ranks and apply to become followers of a particular rabbi. Those who didn’t qualify would be encouraged to learn the family trade. Jesus took the very opposite approach. Instead of waiting for the best of the best to apply to be His students, He went after the dropouts and asked them to become His apprentices.Jesus dumbfounded the world and transformed the course of history through 12 individual “failures.”
In todays terms we would have called these guys, guys” Thugs, Punks, and Outcasts”. In the bible these guys were a murderous zealot, a money embezzler, a traitor, a second guesser, and a bunch of fisherman.
In Matthew 6:12-16, We find that Jesus has recently been tempted by Satan, and that he is now beginning his ministry. He is calling the Apostles to himself, and instead of Jesus choosing the Apostles, he prays to the Father in Heaven. Even Jesus – God Himself – prays, spending time with God and asking what to do and to show guidance on this important decision that would help set the course of His message throughout time. When Jesus got done praying and the father helped to reveal the Apostles to Him, do you think he looked at the bunch of ragtag men and asked God if he was joking? Seriously, if we take a closer look at the some of the Apostles, we see there is hope for us to be great teachers of Christ’s word.
As I look at my life and all the things God has done, I cry. How could I not drop the nets of my pain, my insecurities, my doubts and fears and follow Jesus, too?
Have you dropped your nets to follow Him? Or have you held back because you think you are unqualified?
The truth is, you’re not qualified to follow Him. And neither am I. But Jesus is calling losers and failures — like us — to become faithful followers of HIS!
Dear Lord, thank You for removing the labels my past has given me. Thank You for seeing my potential and for calling me to follow You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
1 Thessalonians 1:4-5a, “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.”