It was not some suggestion made by a guy who lived 2,000 years ago. It was and still is a mandate from the King of kings and Lord of lords to “Go, and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19-20).
What do disciples look like? They come in all shapes and sizes.
Imagine the first disciples; many were fishermen. Jesus found them by the seashore. The Bible doesn’t say but for anyone who has fished, we know they didn’t smell very good. They certainly had fishscales on them. Their clothing was probably stained by the wiping of their hands thick with fish guts, blood, and oil. Most likely they didn’t use the best language at first.
Jesus took them, walked with them, encouraged them, taught them. They began to change. He took them just as they were and through His words, they became new men. So much so they all died a martyrs death except one; he was exiled to the island of Patmos were he died, alone.
Messy, dirty, crusty, but willing to hear the Word of the Lord. That’s what our Savior specializes in. Those are the men He searches for. He set the example. He didn’t seek out the perfect, pious,or pure. He chose, what the world would look at with upturned nose and call, the foolish. He did it then, and He does it today. So we go.
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.”
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.
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