Have you ever stopped to consider why Jesus only chose people who held down jobs as His disciples? Any thoughts on why He chose people who could keep hard working day jobs as His disciples?
Let’s check it out, Luke was a highly educated doctor, several were hard working fishermen, one was a trained tax professional. Why choose them? Is it because these people had the social skills and personal discipline that is needed to withstand the pressures that come on us as we stand for Him?
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere. – Luke 9:1-6
Time and again Jesus said that if He was rejected, we will be too. He told us to expect it.
But we also know that when people with low self esteem suffer rejection, it really stings. If that person goes through extended difficulties and opposition where respected elders oppose them, they might crumble mentally or emotionally.
Why didn’t He let the demoniac man come and be His disciple, as the demoniac man requested? Surely the man would have been a hard working and very loyal follower. But Jesus denied him. Why? Was it because that man needed to take some time to learn social skills and to learn HOW to keep a routine and to brush his teeth, after being demonized for all of his life?
The Cost of Following Jesus
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:57-62
I think that many people see ministry as a great idea, something to do with their life. Jesus was warning that it’s a serious commitment – and NOT something everyone is able to do.
Let me ask you this. What kind of inner emotional health do you think Jesus had? Consider the immense pressure that He received from His leaders. Consider the anger, agression, rejection He faced from common people. Consider how He held up as He was being tormented by His abusers.
Clearly Jesus was a strong man. We also know that Paul was a strong man too, known for being extremely dedicated and extremely hard working.
There IS a role for everyone in the body of Christ. The bible says that not everyone should be a teacher. In the same way not everyone should lead a church.
But everyone does have 1 or more gifts and everyone can easily figure out what they are and use them. Check out this post: How we love others – a parable of the church body
Take care of yourself. Look after your needs. Grow. Heal. Recover. Take the time to develop within yourself. Get strong first, because you will have more of yourself to offer to others in love. 🙂