Exceptionally Normal

Exceptionally Normal

Exceptionally Normal

Jesus chooses people that are exceptionally normal.

Matthew 10:1-4 - Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Many people followed and listened to Jesus, but the twelve listed here made up the inner circle and received the most authority and training. They were given authority over the forces of evil and the ability to cast out evil spirits. They were even given the power “to heal every disease and sickness.”

Being given such authority and power might make you think they were special. But the truth is they were not! Peter was impulsive and emotional. James and John were so driven they were called the “Sons of Thunder.” Matthew was hated by his own people and was considered a traitor. Thomas became famous for doubting Jesus and Judas became famous for betraying him. They were woefully inadequate and unqualified for the assignment! Yet Jesus entrusted his message and mission to them.

Through this small band of inadequate and unqualified men, the Gospel would go forth, the Kingdom of God would be made available to sinners, and the world would be changed forever!

Imagine what those men must have thought as Jesus gave his final instructions, especially considering their specific tasks. This was the most important assignment on earth, but Jesus had confidence in them, not because they were special but because they were exceptionally normal… just like us.

Questions to Consider
What does the fact that you are a “disciple” of Christ mean to you?
Have you ever felt called or assigned by God to a specific purpose?
How did you feel about your readiness?

Talking to God
If you feel anxious about what God may be asking of you, confess your worries and intimidation to him. Ask God for the power of his Spirit to enable you to handle any task or relationship he asks of you. Ask him to turn your feeling of inadequacy into complete dependence on him.