13 耶穌上了山，隨自己的意思叫人來；他們便來到他那裡。 14 他就設立十二個人，要他們常和自己同在，也要差他們去傳道， 15 並給他們權柄趕鬼。 16 這十二個人有西門（耶穌又給他起名叫彼得）， 17 還有西庇太的兒子雅各和雅各的兄弟約翰（又給這兩個人起名叫半尼其，就是雷子的意思）， 18 又有安得烈、腓力、巴多羅買、馬太、多馬、亞勒腓的兒子雅各、和達太，並奮銳黨的西門， 19 還有賣耶穌的加略人猶大。
13Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14He appointed twelve—designating them apostles—that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15and to have authority to drive out demons. 16These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder); 18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
- We know a few of the more famous (and infamous) disciples, but there are many in this list we know nothing about at all. Though they were also with Jesus for more than three years just as Peter, John and James were. They also received teachings and care from Jesus, were commanded to preach, heal, and cast out demons. However, they remains to be the unnoticed in the Bible and in the church history.
- In our own discipleship, we may be asked to do some work or to take a stand that gets noticed by others. But often discipleship consists of faithfulness in the small, even mundane acts of Christian service perhaps unnoticed by all except God.
- Am I aware of any unnoticed servers at church, home, the office or any other places? Look for an opportunity to show appreciation, a smile, or a thank you to these people.
- Am I willing to be an unnoticed disciple of Christ? Is there any behind-the-scene work that needs to be done? Am I willing to do it? Ask the Lord to give me the willingness to do the not-easily-noticed services faithfully even without people’s recognition or appreciation.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.