Mark 3:13-19: Balancing the scales.

“13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelvethat they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons. 16 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means ‘sons of thunder’), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” NIV UK

Jesus calls into ministry those He wants. Some of them are found on earth’s scrap heap. They are among the world’s rejects, but the Lord wants them. He recycles them, even though they may have been discarded as so much rubbish. There are not many celebrity ‘A-listers’ in there. (I didn’t say ‘not any’, just ‘not many’). Everyone called, though, will come. First and foremost they are called to Jesus Himself; to relationship with 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…’ There is a beautiful balance between being and doing. Yet for many in church leadership the scales tip too far in the activism direction. There’s a need for a balancing exercise. In the life of discipleship relationship precedes work. Maybe that’s what led someone to say, ‘You can do more than pray after you you have prayed; but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.’ Now, of course, there is an exaggeration in that, but don’t miss the essential truth being communicated. There’s a nugget of gold to be extracted.

When David Watson got cancer, he said he realised that in all his busyness for Jesus, he had neglected intimacy with Him. His illness restricted his movements, but gave him lots of time to just be with the Lord and enjoy Him. That’s our primary calling.

When we need to appoint leaders for Christ’s church, let’s get up onto the ‘’mountainside’’ with Jesus. We need His perspective. There are people we will miss if we don’t get His viewpoint.

‘There is a job for everyone, even if only giving Him a little boat to use (v.9). If you want to assist Him, remember that the most important thing is being with Him (v.14). As He said, ‘’Without me, you can do nothing’’ (John 15:5).’ Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘With the Word,’