Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him (Mark 3:13-18).
Jesus didn’t go it alone. He called his disciples to be with him and to work with him. It was a team ministry. As we read the names of Jesus’ twelve disciples, the last name jumps out at us: “Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.” We think about our own ministries, and we remember that it hasn;t been all blessing. There have been many disappointments along the way. We’ve lost count of the people who started out started out well, and, then, lost their way. What are we to make of this?: The Lord knows those who are his,’ and, ‘Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness (2 Timothy 2:19). We move on from one place to another. We leave people behind. Sometimes, we wonder what became of them. Are they still going on with the Lord? or Have they stopped following the Lord? We don’t know, but the Lord does. We think of those who have stopped following the Lord, and we pray that there will come a time, when they will think of their earlier years and will remember that God still loves them and will begin, again, to love him,