2012-09-06 / Worship

The men Jesus chose to walk God’s path of grace

(Luke 6:12-19)

Before Jesus chose his inner circle He felt a great need to consult his Heavenly Father. Luke 6:12 says, “ And i t came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

Jesus was aware that He was about to begin the work that God had sent Him to do. He also knew that God didn’t expect Him to undertake his earthly walk alone. God has always included mankind in the carrying out of his work of salvation.

Luke 6:13 says, “And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles.”

There was a large group of disciples who had heard Jesus’ teachings, witnessed his miracles, believed in Him and become faithful followers. Out of this group the twelve apostles were chosen.

In each apostle Jesus saw a special talent that He could use to further his Father’s kingdom on earth. This is still true today. Jesus calls believers and church members to carry out specific roles according to their individual abilities.

After Jesus chose his apostles He brought them down off the mountain and stood with them in the plain and pointed out the multitudes of suffering mankind to whom they were expected to minister. Jesus also taught his apostles exactly what he expected them to do in that ministry. Through the teachings of the church, He still gives us the same clear vision of what He expects from us when we are called to minister to today’s needy world.

Luke 6:19 says, “And the whole multitude sought to touch Him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.” We the church have at our fingertips that same healing power that the multitude felt that day. But do we as Christians use Jesus’ power to do his work in the world? Do today’s multitudes feel virtue and healing emanating from the church? Or something else?

When we answer God’s call and walk the path of grace, mankind cannot fail to see what is happening. We will become living examples of the forgiving, healing and saving power of Jesus, warm and loving, inviting the lost into Christian fellowship. That is what we are called to be.

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