The disciples  were ordinary Galileans, with no special claims on the interest of Jesus. But Jesus, the rabbi who spoke with authority, the prophet who was more than a prophet, the master who evoked in them increasing awe and devotion till they could not but acknowledge him as their God, found them, called them to Himself, took them into His confidence, and enrolled them as His agents to declare to the world the kingdom of God. “He appointed twelve, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach . . .” (Mark 3:14). They recognized the one who had chosen them and called them friends as “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), the man born to be king, the bearer of “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68), and the sense of allegiance and priviledge which this  knowledgeable brought transformed their whole lives.

J. I. Packer

“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” -John 15:16 (NLT)

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