Summary: How can we become fully devoted followers of Jesus?

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This evening, I want to share with you something that is close to my heart. I want to share what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. When I was preparing for this message, I came across a letter on the subject that I thought would be appropriate in this situation.

Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests; and we have not only run the results through our computer, but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.

The profiles of all tests are included, and you will want to study each of them carefully.

As part of our service, we make some general comments for your guidance, much as an auditor will include some general statements. This is given as a result of staff consultation, and comes without any additional fee.

It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability.

Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew had been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.

One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind, and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious, and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. All of the other profiles are self-explanatory.

We wish you every success in your new venture.

You know, sometimes we feel we’re not the right person for the job. Sometimes we feel like a Moses. When God came to Moses in the burning bush, Moses said to God, “I’m not the right guy for this!” But, you know, God uses people like Moses. You know what? God uses people like Moses to part the seas. Moses may have not seemed like anything special, but God used him to do amazing things. Isn’t it amazing to know that God can use you no matter who you are? David was a young, scrawny boy whom many deemed was foolish for going into battle with a giant, but God brought that giant to the ground.

You see, it is God’s desire to have men and women, ordinary men and women, men and women that some would say aren’t the right people for the job; men and women that some would say are too small or too inadequate or too dumb or too slow or too big. God is calling us to chase after him; to be his disciples.

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