Mark Has Some Good News, Part 12, The Detail Is In The Delegation
The Twelve Apostles
13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, "He is out of his mind."
Something I'm not good at is delegation. I'm young, fit, educated, ambitious and Dutch which means if something needs to be done I start doing it without thinking. But in a growing or large ministry you are more effective if you delegate. We read at the end of the text that the crowd is so big now they can't even have snacks.
And that's the part we spend the most time and money on in youth ministry (jokes)
Jesus picks twelve men out of a crowd to be his disciple’s version 0.1 if you will, and does something amazing in his perfect humility and love. He shares his work.
Now let's look at that gift just a bit more closely. Do you think an all-powerful God needs us to deal with rebellious fallen angels and a stiff necked people? If you do your god (small g) is a tiny speck compared to what a creator God is. And all powerful God does not need help, back up, support or applause. But here we see that same creator, come down as a man giving 12 men part of his work. That gift of worth, pride and accomplishment shows us how gracious God is in his omnipresence.
Jesus did not have to give his work away. But he did, he gave the joy of ministry to 12 undeserving men one of which would betray him. Yet still Judas in named as a man given authority to exercise demons from people.
Love, John 3:16
Jesus loved to help people, to serve people, to care for people and loved us enough to make us a part of that love by giving us the love of ministry. Don't be like me and selfishly do all you can because you can. Be like Jesus and make others do what you can so their joy may be full.