Ready | Devotion #1: Who?
Katrina Young | Nursery & Pre-K Director
My closest friends are the ones that are always by my side in both difficult times and those of celebration. They are the ones that I share deepest secrets with and will laugh at my not so funny jokes. Having the right friends in my circle is what keeps me balanced. There is a select group that I have become close with over time and have built long-lasting relationships. This group has stretched me, motivated me, and encouraged me. I believe in them, and they believe in me. They are with me during the highs and lows of life.
Have you ever thought about what it was like to have the privilege of being one of Jesus’ closest friends – one of “His elect?” What was it like to sit down and have a meal with Him or to witness first-hand His teachings? What was it like for them to see His nail scarred hands and pierced side after watching Him die on the cross? The disciples were gathered together on many occasions with Jesus. He chose them carefully to be in His inner circle and, ultimately, to carry out His ministry.
Jesus had many followers, but those closest to Him, the apostles, were the ones present at the important moments in His life. They were the select group that He shared with and trusted. They were the ones with Him when He fed the 5,000 and when He rose Lazarus from the dead. It was the twelve that He gathered together and gave a divine mandate to as all power and authority were given to them to carry out the Great Commission. It was the twelve that sat down at the Last Supper with Him, and He asked them to pray with Him in the Garden. It was the apostles that were together in the upper room at the time of Passover. Jesus continually proved Himself to them despite their doubt following His resurrection. He appeared to them and “…rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw Him after He had risen” (Mark 16:14). But Jesus’ love and commitment continued as He gave His closest friends a front row seat at the time of “The Ascension.” They witnessed this spectacular event as Jesus was received into Heaven, where He was seated at the right hand of God.
They were His chosen.
The awesome part is that so are we! 1 Peter 2:9 says, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession.” We are His chosen! We have the opportunity to walk closely with Him, to trust in Him, and build a relationship with Him so we can witness first-hand the work He is doing. He loves us!
John 15:13 adds, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”