Much ink has been spilled over the subject of discipleship and yet Christians still struggle to understand it. In Mark 3, after an entire night in prayer (Luke 6:12), Jesus calls his twelve disciples (student, follower). This group of twelve is fascinating. There is not one schooled religious leader in the mix. They all seem to reign from the scorned area of Galilee. There is a tax collector, one who helped fund the Roman Empire. There is a Zealot, one who was in a holy war against the Roman Empire. (Can you envision some of the heated conversations around the camp fire?) And how about Judas, the Betrayer? Why him? Why them?
Deuteronomy 7 says,
“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples."
1 Corinthians 1 states,
"For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Mark 3 records that Jesus called those whom he "desired". Jesus did not choose these men based on their abilities but rather out of an undeserved grace. In other words, Jesus "set his love on (them) and chose (them)." This is beautiful!
If you are a Christian, Jesus called you because he desires you. Think deeply on this wondrous truth. It should humble us. It should cause us great joy. To Him be the glory forever and ever!