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How did Jesus choose His Disciples ?

How did Jesus Choose his Disciples

To understand how Jesus chose His disciples, we turn to the Gospels in the New Testament, which provide accounts of Jesus calling His disciples to follow Him. These narratives highlight the direct and personal way in which Jesus selected His followers, often with a simple command to “follow me.” Here are some relevant Bible verses that showcase this process:

  1. Matthew 4:18-22 (ESV): As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
  2. Mark 2:14 (ESV): And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
  3. Luke 5:27-28 (ESV): After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.
  4. John 1:43 (ESV): The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Immediate Response: The disciples demonstrated an immediate willingness to leave their former lives and occupations to follow Jesus. This immediate response to Jesus’ call reflects the compelling nature of His presence and the radical commitment required to follow Him.
  2. Diverse Backgrounds: Jesus chose disciples from a variety of backgrounds, including fishermen, a tax collector, and others. This diversity shows that Jesus’ message and mission were inclusive, extending beyond social and economic boundaries.
  3. Personal Call: Jesus’ method of choosing His disciples was personal and direct. He called each disciple individually, indicating that following Him is a personal decision and commitment. This personalized approach underscores the relational aspect of discipleship and the importance of a personal connection with Jesus.

These passages and takeaways illustrate the foundational principles of discipleship in the Christian faith, emphasizing immediate response, inclusivity, and personal commitment to following Jesus.


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