Matthew 28:16-20 (MSG):
16-17Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.
18-20Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
Today, I’ll be brief. I just want to share something in Matthew 11:16-20 that jumped out at me the other night. It’s this: Some of the disciples held back from Jesus because they weren’t sure about risking themselves completely, but the Bible says that Jesus was undeterred.
He called those who were willing …
… and those who were not.
Jesus did not say, “John, James, and Peter – You three can go and make disciples because you seem to have it together. The rest of you – forget it. Your lives are write-offs.”
The call was the same for each one of the disciples. Despite the fact that some of them held back. Despite the fact that some of them didn’t want to risk themselves. Despite the fact that some of them weren’t completely sure about Him.
Have you ever heard the saying, “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called”? God calls us despite our flaws. Our issues and sin will definitely hinder us from fulfilling the call of God on our lives, but they do not determine whether or not we are called in the first place.
I used to question whether God wanted to use me. I don’t question this anymore. I am called to share Jesus; to train people; to baptize them; and to see them, in turn, disciple others. It says so in the Bible. The call is there without question.
On me. On you. On everyone.
The question is not whether we are called; the question is: Am I willing to “risk myself totally”? Only those who pick up their cross and follow will ever walk in the fullness of the call of God on their lives.
Obedience equals destiny.