Red Letter Challenge – Day 40

October 19 – Day 40

“Go therefore and make disciples.” – Matthew 28:19

Following Jesus is the greatest opportunity we will ever have in our lives.  I think the disciples understood this as they immediately left behind their trades and careers to follow Jesus when He called them.  I don’t know if we truly understand how special it is to be a disciple of Jesus.

When Jesus was born in Israel, the people who were the most highly respected were those who taught the first five books of the Old Testament.  They were known as rabbis and Jesus was referred to as a rabbi or teacher many times in the New Testament.  In those days it usually took a great deal of work to become a disciple of a rabbi and usually only the best of the best made it.

The disciples Jesus chose were not the best of the best.  He called guys who didn’t go to rabbi school, guys who were unschooled, ordinary men like Peter, Andrew, James, and John.  These guys didn’t deserve to follow after the greatest rabbi ever, so can you imagine how excited they were to get the call from Jesus to follow Him.

Challenge: Become a disciple or follower of Jesus.  If you are not a follower of Jesus, find one or two people who are mature disciples of Jesus and ask them to mentor you.  If you are already a mature follower of Jesus, seek out one or two people you could mentor.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill


Today’s devotion came from the book, “Red Letter Challenge,” by Zach Zehnder, pages 240-245.