Upon examination of those called to be disciples in the Bible we do not find they were the religious leaders, the political leaders, most were not even considered good people. They were all looked down upon for one reason or another according to the cultural norms of the day. Jesus called them because he saw their hunger. He knew they were worth investing in because they responded to his calling.
Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He *said to them, “[Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. -Matthew 4:18-20 (NASB)
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.-Matthew 9:9 (NASB)
They responded to the calling. They were hungry for Jesus. Hungry for relationship with him and what he offered to them. Everyone Jesus chose to be in relationship with, he called to respond in some way to his offering. When he sent out the disciples he didn’t send them out to just anywhere, he sent them to the hungry.
These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heavenis at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support. And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city. As you enter the house, give it your greeting. If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city. -Matthew 10:5-15
I understand we are called to the Great Commission and to spread the Good News, but then if we follow the example of Jesus, are we not then called to invest in the hungry? Those that respond to what we’re offering and not those that reject it?
Father God, the middle school ministry at Heartland feels called to incorporate discipleship more fully. I pray our response pleases you. I ask for you to open my eyes to the hungry in my life, in this ministry and elsewhere. Your blessing on it all. Amen.