Summary

It’s not about the tools, it’s about the craftsman

Key Scripture

Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Matthew 3:13 - 19
Why would God choose 12 people?
  • In biblical times, every Jew knew that there were 12 tribes in Israel.

  • The 12 tribes corresponded more or less to the 12 sons of Jacob (Genesis).

  • However, 10 tribes had been lost during conflicts.

  • The prophets spoke of a coming restoration.

Important Takeaway

So when Jesus called 12, he was saying, this is the restoration you’ve been waiting for.

Would the 12 disciples have made the grade today?

Dear Jesus Christ,

Thank you for submitting the background requests for the 12 men you’re considering to be apostles in your organisation. After extensive tests and interviews, it’s our opinion that most of your nominees are entirely unsuitable for setting up your organisation.

Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and prone to flying off the handle at the smallest provocation. Andrew has no leadership ability at all. James and John put their own interests first above the company and Thomas openly questions leadership which may reduce your companies morale. James and Thaddeus appear to be unstable extremists. Matthew has been blacklisted altogether from the Jewish Jerusalem jury for Judicious jobmanship and Simon the Zealot has a track record of attacking the government.

One of your candidates, however, seems highly suited for the job, he demonstrates a key business mind and is very well connected. He’s highly motivated and ambitious. We fully recommend Judas Iscariot to you as a leader of your organisation.

With all best wishes,

The Judaean Management Company

Important Takeaway

If God can use those men, he can use you and me as well.

Why did God choose imperfect people?
  • Jesus wants people because he loves people.

  • He doesn’t want them for their merits but because he loves them.

Important Takeaway

We get so caught up in ourselves that we sometimes think we have chosen Jesus

What does it mean to follow God?
  • Getting to know him as best you can

  • God doesn’t want you to be perfect, he just wants you.

  • Get to know God better by reading the bible.

What does it do for God for me to follow him?
  • Jesus gives his followers power and authority to make a difference

  • Jesus took a rough bunch of guys and did the miraculous through them

  • God gives you the power too.

Conclusion
  • It’s not about the tools, it’s about the craftsman

  • He sends us out in the power of the holy spirit to be the church

  • Pray that God shows us what he wants us to do and how he wants us to live

  • Spend time with other Christians to encourage one another

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