15 October 2013 |
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 6:12-19
New Living Translation (NLT)
*Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles*
*12 *One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and
he prayed to God all night. *13 *At daybreak he called together all of
his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their
Simon (whom he named Peter),
Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James (son of Alphaeus),
Simon (who was called the zealot),
Judas (son of James),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
*Crowds Follow Jesus*
*17 *When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with
Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and
by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from
Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon.
*18 *They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and
those troubled by evil*[**b*
*]* spirits were healed. *19 *Everyone tried to touch him, because
healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.
It’s one of the things that astounds me about the power of Jesus.
Jesus ministered in a time without big posters, radio and TV adverts,
flyer distribution, retweets and Facebook promoted pages. Yet, when
Jesus comes down from the mountain with his disciples, there are
crowds from “all over Judea and from Jerusalem, and from as far as
the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon”. All these people came because they
had heard of the great things Jesus had done, and, to put it bluntly,
they wanted in on the action.
Why does this not happen today? Why are there very few movements like
this today? Rather, today we need to spend thousands of rands on
advertising and marketing, in hopes that our guest artists, clever
themes or topics, or promise of free pizza will attract people.
Could it be that we’re not telling the story? Could it be that we
are not telling people what God is doing in our own lives, the lives
of the people around us and in our churches?
A CALL TO ACTION
Word of mouth is the most powerful form of advertising. It is the most
effective way at getting others excited about the things you are
excited about. We are often all to happy to promote Apple or Android
(depending on which side of the fence you are on), a particular
restaurant or latest movie. When last has your recommendation drawn
people to the cross?
Start telling your story, His story, and see people around you want to
get “in on the action”.
A PRAYER TO PRAY
Jesus thank you for what you have done in my life. Please help me to
share my story, your story, boldly so that others will come to know
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