Yesterday I wrote about the relentless love of God represented by His consistent and persistent call of each of us. Just think of how many times He told His disciples to follow Him, the come after Him, to walk as He walked. When we read the below text we can rest assured that He has pursued us with the pure love of a Father who cares for His children!
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
Today, meditate on what that call actually entails. It is a fabulous thing to hear His voice calling and it is even greater to hear what He calls us to! As I hear Jesus Words, I hear a call to two things:
1. To Know Him - ‘They were to accompany Him.’ The call of God is to accompany Jesus. To be with Him. To Know Him. This speaks of the relationship that Holy God wants with you and me. It is not a distant thing…it is an intimate thing. To Know Him is to love Him and to experience His love. Jesus does not just recruit soldiers…He transforms slaves into sons! This part of His call should fill us with hope and joy. This part of His call should overwhelm us with confidence in who we are in Christ. Today, put away all your rules and rituals and simply ‘accompany Jesus’. Be with Him. Enjoy Him. Trust Him.
2. To Make Him Known - ‘He would send them out to preach.’ In all of our reading of the Gospel of Mark we have seen that Jesus has come to deliver the good news. That is the task of preaching. He didn’t use a pulpit. He used a boat, a mountain, a house…and He also used actions as He healed and delivered many from the oppressive problems of life. He called His followers to not only accompany Him but to begin to do what He had been doing. He called us to Make Him Known. That is the task of making our faith in Christ known in both word and in action. That is not a chore. That is an overflow of a full heart. When we ‘accompany Him’ we will be so close to Him that we will be changed and filled by His Power and His Love. Then, when we are close to others, His Power and His Love will be what comes out of us.
Now, to Know Him is to Make Him Known and the reverse is also true. This is a two-part call from God to us and it is not a separate call. He doesn’t call you to just Accompany Him and call me to just Make Him Known. He wants us to Make Him Known because we Know Him.
Today, I pray that you hear the call of Jesus for you…To Know Him and To Make Him Known. May you, and the world around you, experience the relentless love of God through this call.