Scripture Reading: Mark 3:14,15

“And He appointed twelve (whom He also named apostles) so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons.” (Mark 3:14,15)

Our primary calling as Christians is to be with Jesus. When Christ appointed the apostles, it was clear that they were to be be in a close relationship with Jesus. They were to spend time with Him, learn from Him, and follow Him. So many people fail to understand that Christianity is a relationship, not a religion. The more time we spend with Jesus, the more we will become like Him.

Throughout this week we have seen the great blessings we receive from Christ living in us. The more time we spend with Him, the more of His love, power, joy, and peace we will experience. When we are in His presence, we will find comfort and rest. Jesus invites us to come to Him.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

The more time we spend we Jesus, the more we will learn from Him. We will get to know His heart — “for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Jesus has called us to be with Him. He delights when we are with Him. This is our primary calling.

Once we have been with Jesus, we will be ready for our second calling — to serve Him in ministry. We are called to be His ambassadors — “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as thought God were making HIs appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf. Be reconciled to God” (II Corinthians 5:20). Being with Jesus qualifies and equips us to minister in His name.

Lord Jesus, I desire to be with You. I want to know You better and better. I want to learn from You. I want to know Your heart and to find rest in You. Thank You for calling me to be with You and making it possible for me to know You, to really know You. My desire is to serve You as I minister in Your name.


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