I bet you have experienced someone like those religious leaders (in Mark 3:6) who had become callous towards life or God or someone or even you. Maybe you have even been callous in this way. Maybe you are that way right now and need a change of heart.
You have likely also seen and experienced the 'crowd mentality' (in Mark 3:7-12). Maybe you have even succumbed to being a part of that type of living where you just follow the herd or where you follow Jesus as long as you are 'feeling it'. You could be ready to step out of the mob and do something life-changing.
We have all done things that are unlovely. We have all done things that were inconsistent. God does not do either. The persistent and consistent love of God is seen in today's text:
Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him. Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles.* They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach, giving them authority to cast out demons. - Mark 3:13-15
The only cure for our issues is to accept the call of Jesus and walk daily in that call. That won't make us perfect (until later) but it will make us whole. To accept the call of God is to walk away from our callousness and step out of the crowd.
To accept the call of Jesus is to experience the relentless, persistent and consistent love of God that is expressed through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Maybe you say you have experienced that. Keep experiencing it!
Most of the 12 disciples had already been near Jesus and had already been called by Jesus. His call was an ongoing thing. It didn't go away. He would express that these men had a place with Him and then He would express it again. Maybe He knew they could be prone to wander. Maybe He knew they were insecure in this new calling. Whatever the case of what He knew, we need to know that Jesus kept calling!
Today, think on this: God loves you so much that He keeps calling you. Wherever you go, there is the call of God.
He is relentless in His pursuit of you. He wants you to experience His full life!
He is consistent in His love for you. In a world filled with inconsistency God's love for you is constant and steady!
He is persistent in His love for you. His love endures through all the difficulties of this life and will remain for eternity!
Wherever you go, there is the love of God expressed in the call of God. Have you experienced His love and His call? Are you experiencing it now? Maybe you have wandered or just simply doubted the ongoing love/call of God through Jesus? Wander no more. Doubt no more. It is here and it is for you! Step towards Him and step out of the crowd. Experience His life today!