The lesson “Jesus chooses His disciples” is a reminder of the importance of choosing friends wisely. Jesus prayed before choosing His twelve disciples that would carry on the teachings and witnessing of Jesus. Being followers of Jesus we also need to pray for friends.
Matthew 10:1-4; Luke 6:13-23
What Can We learn From “Jesus and disciples”
There is nothing in life that is more important than the choosing the right friends. Before Jesus chose His disciples He prayed to His Father in Heaven. Why did He do that? Friends are friends right?
Jesus needed someone He could trust to spread the Good News about Him. The disciples had to be faithful and obedient to the Lord God. The disciple had to have trust in Jesus; when He said feed my people they had to feed His people. Jesus needed to choose His disciples carefully because they became the future church.
It is still very important to choose wisely when you consider making a friend. You will probably not be choosing disciple but you should still pray and consider what a good friend should be. Peer pressure is a problem for all children in this world. What peer pressure is when someone your age tries to influence how you act, think or what you do. Some times this is good and sometimes it is not so very good. Bad peer pressure is when you get talked into doing something that you know is wrong. This is because you want to be liked, or fit in or maybe even afraid of being made fun of.
You need a friend that will inspire you, one who will be understanding, keep you from making wrong choices, and someone who loves Jesus just like you do. This cannot be done overnight, it cannot be the first person you meet. It takes time to find a good friend.
Jesus chose his friends thoughtfully and cautiously. It was at least a year after the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus that He chose the Twelve Disciples. Jesus took His time to get to know His disciples. He tested them, and studied their characters; Jesus knew their personalities, their weakness and strengths. He knew His disciples before they were chosen to be His disciples.
Jesus prayed before selecting His disciples. If it was important for Jesus to pray before choosing His friends, then how much more should we also pray before we choose a friend to come into our lives? We need to pray for a friend that will not lead us into sin, pain or hurt our soul in any way. We also have to pray and make sure we are a good friend as well.
Jesus is our perfect example of the truest friend we could have. He did not try to change the disciples, or make them wealthy, or even expect them to be without problems. He taught them and was the perfect example of holiness. He expected the disciples to learn and grow for the glory of our Heavenly Father.
Jesus took His twelve disciples into His own household, and taught them and prepared them for the great work they would be doing. He chose twelve to carry on His work, teaching them the truth about His kingdom, and what it means to be men of the Lord God. This was all because Jesus was a great friend to them and to us. We have the perfect example for our lives to choose friends that will be loyal and faithful to us if we just pray and allow God to work through us.
Jesus prayed before choosing His twelve disciples that would carry on the teachings and witnessing of Jesus. If that was what Jesus needed then we also need to be going to prayer to ask for a good faithful friend.
Remember it takes time to find a real friend that will be that lasting companionship that all people want. The best friend any of us can ever have in our life is Jesus Christ. He has given you the present of forgiveness and salvation. He is always with you and He knows you inside and out and is always there. When it comes to a lifelong friend Jesus is the one real, true and faithful friend anyone can have the privilege to have in their life.
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Holstein, Joanne “Jesus Chooses His Disciples:.” Becker Bible Studies Library Oct 2014.< https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=1717,>.
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Holstein, Joanne (2014, October) “Jesus Chooses His Disciples:.” Becker Bible Studies Library. Retrieved from https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=1717,.
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Holstein, Joanne (2014) “Jesus Chooses His Disciples:.” Becker Bible Studies Library (October), https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=1717, (accessed).