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The First Disciples of Jesus 1-22-2017

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

The time was now. Jesus decided he was ready to choose his twelve apostles. Just advertising in the newspapers didn’t seem thorough enough. So Jesus decided to hold an Olympics from which the twelve would be chosen. The people came from all over. The competition was fierce. Jesus had to judge all the events.
First came the prayer event. People had practiced and it showed in the speed with which they could recite the words. Some articulated the words with utmost precision. Some used big impressive words. Still others expressed lofty ideas. But when it came time for a winner to be selected, Jesus chose none. There didn’t see to be any heart in their prayers. They were just words.
Second came the worship event. These contestants, too, had done their homework. Some wore beautiful garments. Some used lots of incense. Some emphasized music. Others incorporated gestures. But again, when it was selection time, there was no winner. There didn’t seem to be any heart in worship. It was too showy.
Third came the teaching event. This was a prepared group. Some came with elaborate posters. Some came with long, well ordered talks. Some came with DVD players. Others came with their small groups to demonstrate process. Again, no winners. There was no heart in teaching. The methods seemed more important.
So, the Olympics ended. No winners, no apostles. Exhausted after his long exasperating ordeal, Jesus went down to the lake to cool off and relax. Then the miracle happened. He saw people fishing. Now there were some people who put their hearts into what they were about. So he chose them!
Remember… the first disciples of Jesus were ordinary people. They weren’t great public speakers, scholars, kings or saints. They weren’t presidents, theologians or ordained ministers. They were fishermen. A tax collector. Common field workers. Who, by God’s power, and their openness, made great things happen! What about us – Could great things happen through us? Yes — By God’s Power and Our Openness!