Matthew 10:1 – He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. (NIV)
I firmly believe in the concept of the priesthood of all believers, that all Christians have direct access to God. This also means that all Christians are given a specific calling from Christ to do His work in their own community. His ministry is expanded by what we say and do as Christians among our families, among other church members, and in the wider world. The credibility of Christianity rises or falls on how we express and display our faith to others.
When I read in today's verse about Jesus calling the first disciples, I remember that they weren't perfect and that they all had flaws. Some of them doubted, others denied Him, and one even betrayed Him. Jesus didn't choose them because they were holy; He called them because each one of them had the potential of advancing God's kingdom.
No matter who we are or what we've done, Christ calls us continually to do His work and share His ministry. Some days we get it right; other days we fail. The good thing is this: Christ is still willing to call us, day after day, because He loves us completely, forgives us totally, and restores us thoroughly to God's kingdom.
Think about your calling from Christ, and as you do this, watch and listen to a congregation from my hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, sing the beautiful modern Scottish hymn called "The Summons". You can watch it at this link.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for allowing us to be called as Your followers and servants. Wherever we go today and whoever we meet, may we positively witness to Your grace, compassion, and love. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.
Listen to this devotional
Listen while you read: "Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus" (Lyrics)