The Beginning- Part I
Here is where the disciples met Jesus. He called each one as He saw their hearts. While they may have recognized Him as the Messiah, their faith was not strong. Their faith had not yet been tested. Jesus speaks to the character of each one. You get the sense that He looks right into their thoughts and soul. He meets them at the point of their need, and bids them to go further with Him. Their experience was,
- Simply Spiritual– Those attracted to Jesus were the spiritually hungry ones who longed for relationship, who were looking for the Messiah, and who were open to His leading. They were spiritually attuned, and skeptical of the organized religion of their time, for example the Pharisees. They were the emerging church of their era.
- Spontaneous and Personal– Their conversation with Jesus was a declaration of their hearts. He saw and remarked about each man. He viewed them as people, and their response to Him come from hearts who longed to see the Messiah. Their faith was not yet mature, and they were influenced by the world. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” –Philip The Apostle
- Supernatural– Jesus’ words indicate that he had planned to pick these persons. He saw their hearts and loved them anyway. (Jeremiah 29:11) He already had a plan, and he saw both their potential and their present condition. It was a spiritual and supernatural connection. Jesus comes to everyone in this way.
Romans 1:20 tells us, “No one is without excuse,” what we do with His call to follow Him makes all the difference in our lives. What about you? Do you hear him calling? What are you going to do about that?
Stay tuned: in the next part, we will discuss and examine our own call.