We looked yesterday at four men who God spoke to directly and establish a relationship with them that caused their lives to be ON MISSION WITH GOD. All the disciples were personally called by Jesus “that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach” (Mark 3:14). Inherent in His choosing them was a complete change of all their pursuits in life. “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him” (Matthew 4:20, 22; Mark 1:18, 20).
We know from the rest of the New Testament that Jesus was not against working (2 Thessalonians 3:10), but there is a commitment even in our vocational calling that puts the MISSION OF GOD as our highest priority and pursuit in life. That is why we emphasize the biblical principles that impact every area of our lives, marriages, families, churches, schools and work places. The call of God is not confined to one department of life.
We must conclude from the passage in Mark 3:14 that we will not experience being sent out into effective MISSION WITH GOD unless we are daily WITH HIM in our relationship. Just by watching the apostles, rulers and elders of the people “recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). That cannot happen from an occasional meeting with Him. It must be a consistent, intimate walk with Jesus that transforms our inner man.
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