To be with Him —  September 6, 2012

To be With Him


Mark 3:15-16 Jesus went up on a mountainside. He called for certain people to come to him, and they came. 14He appointed 12 of them and called them apostles. From that time on they would be with him. He would also send them out to preach. 15 They would have authority to drive out demons. 16 So Jesus appointed the Twelve.

In this text, we find 3 important principles for growing leaders of growing churches.

A.  Recognize who called you.

The Person who calls you is important!  Jesus called his disciples two thousand years ago, and he calls his disciples still.  Growing churches are clear on their call, mission, and history.  They understand that in order to get where you are going you need to know where you come from.  A sense of call is especially important during difficult times, because sometimes all you have is your call. When there is no visible manifestation of success, your call will sustain you.  It will sustain you through:

            a. Periods of hard economic times.

            b. People who are hard to deal with. (You know who I’m talking about)

            c. Volunteers who won’t.

            d. Staff who can’t.

            e. Members who shouldn’t, but do.

Remember, God is at work even when we don’t see it.  He did not call you to fail. 

B.  Recognize why He called you.

The Purpose why He called you is important.  Notice the three things that the disciples were able to do, after their call.

            *Cast out demons



Sometimes, in the modern statistic driven Christianity, the real purpose why Jesus called us gets lost.  He called us to be with Him! We are to be, before we do.  From the time of creation God’s heart is fueled by a deep desire to be with the human race.  In case you forgot, God is madly in love with you.  The whole purpose of your creation was not just that you spend time doing work forHim, but that you spend time withHim.  You remember how it felt to spend time with someone you were head over heels about?  Remember the anticipation?  The expectation?  The satisfaction when your time was over?

Are we too busy trying to preach impressive sermons about Him, bring healing to many homes for Him, even working to cast out the evil in society in His name, yet our personal relationship with God is lacking? These three things have been helpful to me in my own journey:

1. Choose the important over the urgent.

2.  Choose the best over the good. 

3.  Choose the permanent over the temporary

C.  Recognize that he called otherstoo.

The Personality of those he called with you is important.  A close look at the personality of the disciples reveals anything else but uniformity. They were different, and that was a good thing. Different backgrounds.  Different social status.  Different politics.  Different jobs.  Blue collar and white collar.  A Hebrew revolutionary and a roman sympathizer.  One that had a questioning mind , one that spoke too soon, and  one that hardly spoke. Some that were more interested in position than preaching, and one was constantly taking a piece of the pie for himself.  What message was Jesus trying to send us through the picking of the disciples?  A simple one. If Jesus was able to transform and use them, he can do the same with me. Evangelism was their common denominator.

I want to be with that Jesus.

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