Monday, June 3, 2013

The Morning After: Jesus' Authority over His Followers, pt. 1 (Matthew 10:1-4)


I have been working my way through the gospel of Matthew in my Sunday morning sermon series. I have been looking at how Jesus shows Himself authoritative over all types of disease, nature, and people. Starting in Matthew 9:35, we are introduced to the mission of Jesus. What is His plan to take the message of Himself to the world? How is His authority seen in His mission to reach the world?

The Mission of Jesus is to reach the world through ordinary men who are compassionate, prayerful, and obedient.

That is the main thought we explored on Sunday and will continue to explore next week. Jesus uses ordinary men. He uses the average Joe. He is more concerned with the attitude of the man than He is how popular or successful that man might be for Him. That is what we see in the life of the twelve men that Jesus called to Himself, to be His closest followers He would train for the mission. 

These twelve men were of all shapes and sizes. They were of all different occupations. They came from all walks of life. It reminds me that it is not my profession that makes me useful to God, it is my willingness to follow Him. He can and does use the schoolteacher, the construction worker, the engineer, the political figure, and the scientist. He continues to use people from all walks of life. 

He doesn't need the sports athlete who has a high profile in order to reach the masses. He can use the insignificant person nobody knows about. After the beginning of the church, the religious leaders had this to say about Peter and John, two of the Apostles of Jesus:
"Now when they say the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13)
That's the issue. It is not about your education. It is about whether or not you are spending time with Jesus. And think about it, God uses this as His plan because when He moves through them, people will not boast in them, but in God (1 Corinthians 1:26-29). God isn't looking for the extraordinary who will boast in themselves. He is looking for the faithful, ordinary, common person who will stay connected to Him.

That is what we see in the twelve Disciples. Over the course of this week, I plan on sharing some more information about these twelve men that God used to change the world.

If you want to listen to the message or read my notes, you can find that information HERE (audio is usually posted Tuesday evening).

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