Building the Team: Mark 3:16-19
“16) And He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom He gave the name Peter), 17) and James, the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (to them He gave the name Boanerges, which means, “Sons of Thunder”); 18) and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot; 19) and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬-‭19‬
After spending the night in prayer, Jesus picked His twelve Apostles. He started building His team. He would pour most of the next three years into these men. They would eventually take the baton and build His church.
I believe this should be the model from salvation to maturity. It shouldn’t take twenty to forty years to be ready for ministry, leadership or disciple making. Those who walk with Jesus and are filled with the Holy Spirit should become fruitful quickly.
I believe the early church followed the model of Jesus in building fruitful disciples. According to Ephesians 4:22-24, they put off the old self, were renewed in the spirit of their mind and put on the new self quickly.
I believe that leadership is built on the front lines of doing ministry. Jesus invited these men to join Him in ministry quickly. Ministry is more caught than taught.
Jesus modeled “on the job training” for those He called to follow Him. As the grew and produced fruit, Jesus put them in leadership roles.
The amazing thing about this text is how quickly Jesus promoted them. They were not perfect and had plenty to learn, but they were ready for increased responsibility. In slightly less than three years, Jesus was heading to the cross and this team had to be ready!
Don’t sit and wait too long before getting busy for Jesus. Share your testimony, tell people about Jesus and offer to pray for people. The Samaritan woman brought her entire town to Jesus within a few hours of meeting Him. That should be the norm.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global