Monday, September 7, 2015

Were the Apostles More Important? - Mark 3:13-19

Not all of the disciples were appointed apostles that day.  Twelve were appointed.  The rest were not.  (Mark 3:13-19)

You called them apostles (Mark 3:14) and You called them to be with You in a particular way, to fulfill a particular purpose.  Their role came with a special access to You at the time - not because they were more important; You love us all - but because there were things they needed to learn and know to fulfill their role, along with certain responsibilities and certain hardships.  

You appointed them that they might be with You (Mark 3:14) - that in the end we might all be with You.

Twelve had that particular role.

But those who weren't appointed as apostles didn't stop being Your disciples.  
They just had a different role.

It's easy sometimes for me to think that You love someone else better or more than You love me because of the role they have.  Maybe their role seems more prominent, or more exciting.  Or maybe it just seems EASIER.  

But I can't judge the "assignments" You give me that way.

Lazarus was Your good friend, but You didn't appoint him as an apostle. You and Lazarus didn't stop being friends when he wasn't one of the Twelve. So when You chose the apostles, You weren't choosing Your "best friends".  

When Mary and Martha sent word to You that Lazarus was sick, they said "the one you love is sick" (John 11:3).  You still loved Lazarus (Mark 11:5).  The Twelve weren't chosen because You somehow liked them better.  You were choosing a certain kind of leader - and You didn't choose Lazarus.  

Which just means that Lazarus had different gifts, different abilities, and a different role.  A different calling.

Lazarus wasn't an apostle, but he was still a disciple and a friend of Yours.   His role seems more...obscure, in a sense.  Less "important". 

But in one moment it became suddenly pivotal for us all (John 11:40-44).  

And most of us know Lazarus's name better than we do some of the apostles' names.

My role may never become obviously pivotal like Lazarus's, but that doesn't lessen its importance.

The women.  John Mark.  Lazarus's sisters.  The boy with the fish...

Yes, the boy with the loaves and fish (John 6:8-12).  

I don't know his name.  But everyone knows what happens in THAT story.

Your place for me in Your work and Kingdom is perfectly fitted to me.  You know what my gifts, abilities, and passions are.  You know what role to put me in - to put each of us in.  You know where we'll be most fulfilled.  You know where we'll be of the best use for the kingdom.  

Your kingdom.  

The world may not know my name.  But You know.  As surely as You know the name of the boy who shared his loaves and fish. You know my name.  And You stand on Zion and call me, that I might be with You.....(Mark 3:13-14)

 
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