14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach
Just a few years later, after Jesus’ death and resurrection, two of the original twelve followers of Jesus were arrested for preaching in Jesus’ name. The ones doing the arresting noted they were “uneducated” men, which was to say they had no formal religious training, but they also noticed they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13) Then as now, there is simply no substitute for being with Jesus (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Stop and ask God to place a nation on your mind and heart. Pray for the people to blessed by God, the church to shine brightly and for God to be present in that place.