Summary: A look at the call of the Twelve and how it relates to God calling out all believers.
Jesus Wants You!
I am your servant, I am listening for my name
I sit here waiting, I’ve been looking at the game
That I’ve been playing, I’ve been staying much the same
When you are lonely, you’re the only one to blame
I am your servant, I’ve been waiting for the call
I’ve been unfaithful, so I sit here in the hall
How can He use me when I’ve never given all
How can He choose me when He knows I’d quickly fall
So He feeds my soul, and he makes me grow
And He lets me know He loves me
And I’m worthless now, but I’ve made a vow
I will humbly bow before thee
Oh, please use me, I am lonely
I am the servant, getting ready for my part
There’s been a change, a rearrangement in my heart
At last I’m learning, there’s no returning once I start
To live’s a privilege, to love is such an art
That I need your help to start, oh please purify my heart
I am your servant.
Nancy Honeytree sang this Larry Norman song over thirty years ago, and it has haunted me since the first time I heard it. The song asks such heartfelt questions, my questions, perhaps yours as well. How can Jesus use me when I’ve never given all? How can he choose us, when he knows how quickly we fall? The questions are so real, perhaps you’ve come to believe that God could never use you, would never choose you for his service.
Well, in this morning’s text, Jesus called twelve men to be his apostles. He told them that he needed them for service.
I believe that Jesus is still calling people into service. This evening, he looks into our hearts and declares, "I want you." Perhaps tonight, you would ask, "Why would he want me?" In our text we can find some reasons Jesus calls people, like you and me, into service today.
I. Jesus calls people into service because he wants them to be a part of his plan.
A. The disciples were called in order to share in Jesus’ ministry.
1. He wanted the fellowship of these ordinary men.
2. And to these ordinary, common, men he gave a monumental task—they were to carry out his work.
B. Jesus has chosen to let common, ordinary people be his voice today.
1. For this reason we are created—to have fellowship with God and be a part of his kingdom.
2. Jesus could have chosen to use angels and mighty miracles of nature to accomplish his work—many people believe that he is in fact doing so today.
3. Yet, he has truly chosen us to be his instruments of peace and life!
JESUS WANTS YOU!
II. Jesus calls people into service that they might proclaim the good news.
A. The disciples were called to preach to a world in turmoil.
1. Palestine was controlled by the hated Romans.
2. Poverty, sickness, and despair were rampant.
3. Little hope existed—yet, theirs was a message filled with hope.
B. Ours, too, is a world involved in a desperate search for hope.
1. People are hungry for something real in their lives—we laugh at psychic networks, but I believe that they are symptomatic of a hunger for the spiritual.
2. People are crying out for answers that will quiet their hunger.
3. The question we must ask is simple—Will we respond to their cries?