By Gordon P. Robertson, CEO, the Christian Braodcasting Network
The Bible tells us something very interesting about Jesus choosing His disciples. Mark 3:14 says, He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him.
Because the disciples spent time with Jesus, they did miracles and boldly preached the Gospel—and people took notice. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13).
Today, Jesus has appointed and chosen us as His disciples—so we also get to be with Him. And when we spend time with the Lord, He reveals Himself to us and empowers us to do the work of the kingdom.
Yet it’s easy to get so busy doing the work of the Lord that we forget the Lord of the work.
We can become like Martha, with our prayers sounding like complaints: “Lord, don’t You see the work I’m doing? Why aren’t You making Mary help me?”
We need to repent of that attitude, come back to His feet, enter His presence, and realize the power available to us. If we simply lay hold of the hem of His garment, we can do anything. His presence is new every morning. He gives us fresh bread every day.
Luke 10:21 says, Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit. Why was He rejoicing? He said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes.”
God reveals hidden things to the humble. The passage goes on to say Jesus turned to His disciples and spoke to them privately. How wonderful to know He speaks privately to us, too! We simply need to listen with our spiritual ears and see with our spiritual eyes.
In Matthew 11:28-29, Jesus tells us: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” When we learn from Him and are yoked with Him, He does the heavy pulling; we are just along for the ride.
Remember, He calls us to be His disciples so we might be with Him. And when we are with Him, we hear His voice, and His strength, and receive His blessings. God bless you.
Scripture is quoted from the NKJV. This teaching was given during a CBN staff chapel meeting.