Bible Reading Blog — January 17, 2016

17 Jan

Today’s Readings — Exodus 13-15 & Mark 3:13-19

In Mark 3:13-19 we have an account of Jesus’ appointing His disciples. Most of us know the familiar names and that there were twelve and most of us know that Judas Iscariot is consistently singled out in all the gospel accounts as a traitor. What I find unique about the account in Mark is verse 14. Here Mark tells us that Jesus called the twelve “so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons.” I see here two aspects of Christ’s call which are most instructive. First there is the call to be with Him, then there is the call to ministry. Jesus calls us to relationship with Him, where we learn of Him and live under His light and easy yoke (Mt. 11:28-30) then He sends us out to minister to others in His name. Our first call is to abide in Him. But this is not mere pietism. We are also sent out. You really need both to be a mature follower of Jesus.

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