Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Not A Lone Ranger

I read about Jesus calling His disciples...
"He went up the mountain and called to Him those whom He wanted, and they came to Him. He appointed twelve to be with Him and to be sent out to proclaim the message."
(Mark 3:13-14 NRSV)

The context of this passage says a lot.
Before and after these verses, a huge
crowd is gathering around Jesus. Instead of grasping the celebrity status, He moves in the opposite direction.
Jesus never clings to the spotlight, but pushes away from it.

Jesus never intended on being a "lone ranger". He placed high value on worshiping, working, leading and serving together.

I'm sure that's why Jesus came as a Jew...into a culture where discipleship was an everyday, living-together experience.