Devotion 1/24/11

Matthew 10:2-4 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

As Matthew names the original twelve disciples, as he sets into his gospel the truth of their existence, we see the men that Jesus chose to begin the presence of His message upon earth. As we look through the Bible, we see how they grew, we experience their failures, and we come to understand that they are no different than us. But as we examine this list, we see that there are several names among the twelve that can only be found in the list as presented by Matthew. These mysterious disciples are James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot. These men, along with the others, were hand picked by Jesus to begin the transition of forgiveness within the world. While the other disciples are well known, these three are rarely mentioned within the Bible. If they were so important, why the scarcity in their mention? They may not have been mentioned, but they played an important role in the advancement of God’s kingdom on earth. Even though they are not given great shout outs, they still made a difference. This carries into our lives simply by helping us understand that not all of our efforts will be displayed before man. Many things we do will remain aspects of silent service, whereas no one will come and thank us, no one will come and pat us on the back, and no one will see actions. In these cases, in these circumstances, our hearts are truly identified. If we are serving God because He first served us, then we need none of the afore mentioned, because knowing we brought God glory through our actions will be enough.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me to find my joy within the opportunities I have to serve You.

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