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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Mark 3:13-14 (CSB): “Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, … “
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
In this morning’s reading, we came across a couple of verses that seemed to have little to reflect on. I chose them as our Verses for Today.
Mark 3:13-14 (CSB): “Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve, whom he also name apostles…”
This was the occasion on which Jesus selected the 12 guys that He would disciple for 3 full years. Some of them would write books that would end up in Scripture. Some of them would take leadership roles in the early church. Others are never heard from again in the book of Acts but we assume they were used greatly by God.
Jesus dare not get this wrong. When He chose the 12, He needed to choose wisely.
So, what did Jesus do to enable Him to choose wisely? This is helpful information because we, too, need to make big decisions from time-to-time.
While there are many biblical principles that enable us to make good decisions, we see at least two in our Verses for Today:
1. He went to a place to think and reflect.
Mark 3:13 tells us that He “went up the mountain.” Jesus often went to secluded places (desert, mountain, Garden of Gethsemane, etc.) so that He could be alone and reflect.
There is much to be said about the spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude. There is a reason for the 4th Commandment where we are encouraged to have one day a week where we do as little work as possible and quiet things down around us. I wonder if the stress levels that so many people struggle with couldn’t be greatly diminished by taking time to get away each week. Our brains would certainly be clearer so that we could make better decisions.
2. He spent time in prayer.
While Mark’s account doesn’t mention prayer, Luke’s does:
Luke 6:12-13 (CSB): “During those days he went out to the mountain to pray and spent all night in prayer to God. When daylight came, he summoned his disciples, and he chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles:”
Even Jesus, God with skin on, felt the need to spend all night in prayer before a major decision. If He did this, how much more should we spend time in prayer before making a decision?
For further reading:
A book that is very helpful in revealing how Christians should make decisions is “Decision Making by the Book” by Haddon Robinson. It’s an easy, short read and is definitely worth your time.