Our church is currently reading through the book of Mark and our staff is SOAPing everyday. Want to check it out? Go to pointchurch.com/blog, here is mine from last week:
S for Scripture: Mark 3:13-14
“And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desires and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach.”
O for Observation:
God does not call these disciples to follow Him because of their backgrounds or how they look or because they are extraordinary people. In fact they are quite ordinary, that made me think of Acts 4:13 it says, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
Jesus used ordinary men and women to start the church, at this point he appointed the 12 disciples and sent them to preach. I think it’s interesting that all around this passage Jesus is performing miracles, he is in the heart of His ministry and the 12 are watching. They are learning about how to follow the Lord at such a personal level, they were seeing the miracles that we read about happening before their eyes, how cool! They are being prepared for the greatness that God is going to do in and through them in the coming years.
A for Application:
Jennie Allen says in her book Anything that God doesn’t call great people to do great things, He calls surrendered people to do great things. Over the last year I have thought about that quote over and over.
I have always struggled with pride, I have always thought that God has called me to do something because of my abilities or because I am great. When in all actuality He doesn’t call me because I am great or because I am “perfect.” He calls me because I am surrendered, that I am willing to do anything to further His Kingdom… even if it is uncomfortable, even if it is financially hard, even if my family and friends are thousands of miles away. I see over and over in my life that God doesn’t call me to do anything great because I am great, but because where I am weak He is strong. That just like the disciples, I am an ordinary person whose life is surrendered to a God that is the greatest.
Can people look at my life and see that I have been with Jesus? Am I living a surrendered life– that God can do great things through?
P for Prayer:
Lord, thank you for using ordinary me to do extraordinary things for your Kingdom. It is a privilege and an honor to be a disciple… to be able to tell others about You. God I pray that you continue to take away pride and that I continue to point other people to Your greatness.