Re:Verse passage – Mark 1:16-20 (day four)
Jesus came to preach the gospel…to say the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the gospel. His mission, or call, was to bring salvation to the world. Jesus chose to use a team of 12 disciples. Where would you go to find the best men to change the world…a University town, a large city with many opportunities for cultural exposure, a well-known city for influence, or a seat of political power? Jesus went to a small, rural town on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Of the 12 disciples He chose, 5 came from this small town of about 200 people, Bethsaida.
No formal training in the world’s wisdom, no financial base for great achievement, and no influence in the power centers of the world…these men certainly had no resume’ to impact the world. Have you ever felt that you had nothing to offer to change the world for God? Following a sermon in the temple, Peter and John were being questioned by the Jewish leaders. Acts 4:13 says they began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. Let’s follow the lead of the fishermen!