Thoughts on life and writing from Morgan J. Blake

Saturday, August 06, 2005

MANY ARE CALLED...
Have you ever stopped to wonder what it was about the twelve men that Jesus chose as His disciples that made them stand apart from the rest? There had to be something that set them apart from the crowd in Jesus' eyes. As I read the account of the Lord selecting the twelve in Mark, I began to ponder the thought.
Jesus didn't just walk around town and pick the first twelve guys He came across. He called many together...and, according to the account in Mark, some days later, He selected the twelve to be His disciples. These men became Jesus' closest friends on earth. These were the men He traveled with, ate with, slept beside. He relied on them. They came from all different walks of life -- different careers, some single, some married, maybe even some with children. I'm sure they all had their own unique sets of strengths and weaknesses. But what was it about the twelve that stood out and caused Jesus to say, "I choose you."
I can't say what qualities stood out in each of the twelve disciples, but I suspect that one quality was present in each -- an unfailing love of God. But as I thought on this question, the verse in Matthew 20 came to mind -- "Many are called, but few are chosen." So many of us love the Lord. Many of those who gathered around Jesus loved Him, loved His Father. Yet there was something very special about the twelve, or Jesus wouldn't have chosen them.
I wish I could wrap this blog up with a neat answer to my questions and ponderings -- but I can't. It's one of those "yet to be discovered" answers. All I know is that, as I read the account of Jesus selecting His twelve, I felt a deep stirring to be one of the few who are chosen.
Lord, help me to posess the quality or qualities You are searching for to become one of Your chosen few. I long to be one that You seek out for friendship, and I want to learn from You all You have to teach me. Pick me, Lord! Pick me!

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