“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray,
and spent the night praying to God.”
Luke 6:12 (NIV)
“When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles…”
Luke 6:13 (NIV)
It is a great encouragement to study the Twelve Apostles personalities and backgrounds to see how different each one was from the rest. The group included eleven from various towns in the province of Galilee and one (Judas Iscariot) from Kerioth in Galilee.
Seven were fishermen, one a tax collector, one a terrorist and four of unknown occupations. Peter was impetuous while John was quiet and reflective. Matthew was likely a wealthy man while the others were common people. Some, like Peter, were outstanding leaders while we know almost nothing about Bartholomew except his name.
Moving beyond the Twelve we come to the early church and again a variety of people are seen. Barnabas was the man you wanted when others rejected you. He knew how to come alongside a John Mark and take him from rejection (Acts 15:37-39) to acceptance (2 Timothy 4:11). Philemon was a man with a social problem. Lydia was the preacher’s friend and helper (Acts 16:14-40). Apollos was a preacher with a problem (Acts 18:24-28).
Such different people, some well known and some we only know their name. The great thing about all of them is the fact that all of them had their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27).
You and I may never have our names in the news, we may be unknown except to a handful of God’s people. Yet, the great thing is that through repentance and faith in Jesus we have a glorious future to share with the most famous of the saints in heaven.
Take heart today and be encouraged that you are one of the Lord’s chosen ones (Ephesians 1:4). Your acceptance with the Lord is as rich and full as the Apostle Paul’s. We all have our calling, great or small. What is glorious is that the Lord sees all of us and regards us all as precious and honoured in His sight (Isaiah 43:4)
Come into your heavenly Father’s presence today with joy and delight. He has purchased you at infinite cost and He numbers you among His people. You are as much accepted as the most exalted Christian in history. There are no two alike among God’s people but our differences are for a divine purpose and we all shall shine in glory when the Lord comes to take His beloved people home.
Live for the Lord in the present using whatever gifts and opportunities you have. Think upon the following verse and be refreshed. Daniel 12:3 (NIV)
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens,
and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”