Disciples and Others

Luke 6:13&17

When it was day, he called his disciples. He chose twelve of them and called them apostles. 

Jesus came down from the mountain with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples and many other people were there. They had come from all over Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon.

Disciples and Others

So often when we think of Jesus and the disciples, we think of the 12 apostles who are namef in Luke 6:14-16. We tend to forget that there were large crowds that followed him. (John 6:2, Matthew 4:25 and over 30 other scriptures) 

Just to clarify the meanings: a disciple is a student while apostles are sent to teach. 

However, today I want to focus on “the others” in our scripture reading. The others were followers who were neither student nor apostle. What were they then? They may have followed Jesus in hope of a healing. Possibly, they came for the spectacle, the “show”. They may have come because they were curious why there was a crowd gathered. Nothing draws a crowd like a crowd.

In our day we still have disciples (students) and apostles (teachers) and great crowds of others. Our duty as Christians is to change the others into students and then teachers. (Mark 16:15 and Matthew 28:19-20)

Now understand that, though not everyone’s spiritual gift it’s to be a preacher or a teacher, all of us who call ourselves Christian we commanded to reach others for Christ. I can almost hear some of you readers saying, “I’m not a teacher!” Yes. Yes you (we) are by words and actions. If you claim the name “Christian”, you must also accept the duty of the Great Commission. So, Christian, ask yourself, “Are my words and actions Christ-like?”

Prayer:

Master, Teacher, help me to become a better student so that  by my actions and by my words, the ,”others” will be lead to become your disciples also.

Amen.

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