13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 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 15 and have authority to cast out demons. Mark 3:13-15 ESV
This is one of my favorites passages in the Bible. It reveals something powerful that we can all be grateful for. It shows that God’s primary desire was not and is not to create ‘robots’ that simply perform tasks and do His bidding. In this significant moment, at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry on the earth, he selects twelve men to join him on his mission. These individuals came from different backgrounds, had different personalities, and none of them deserved to join the team of the Son of God.
And yet, the verse says it all. He called to him ‘those whom he desired...so that they might be with him.” We get focused on the job and miss the most important part. yes, he had chosen them to preach and to cast out demons. And yes, he calls you and I to be Word-bearers and Warriors. But before any of this He has chosen you and I simply to be with Him. And perhaps even more importantly, he chose us because He wants us.
This is the second assumption that I want you to focus on today. He is your BFF. He is your best friend and he isn’t going anywhere.
Relationship is important for all of us. The most important friendship, of course, is between us and God. Thankfully, Jesus makes it possible because he became one of us. He lived the life we live. He understands our world, our weaknesses, and our worries.
He knows you. He really knows you. And yet, he still wants to be with you. He is a true friend.
Here are four things you can be grateful for today as it relates Jesus being your best friend.
He loves you. John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
He chose you. Ephesians 1:4 “...he chose us in him before the foundation of the world…”
He enjoys being with you. Isaiah 43:4 “Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you.”
He never gives up on you. Romans 11:29 “For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.”