January 21, 2018
There are 12 apostles of Jesus and the Gospel of this Sunday recalls the call of the first four. I wonder why Jesus chose these men. Was there any criteria Jesus used to select them? If Jesus had sent his twelve apostles for psychological testing and skill assessment, what kind of report would he receive? It might be like this:
“Thank you for submitting the resumes of the 12 men that you have picked for managerial positions in your new company. All of them have taken the tests. We have run the results through our best computer programs after arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologists and vocational aptitude consultants. It’s the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for your enterprise. The first thing I have to say is that they have no idea what teamwork is all about.”
“Individually they are no better. Peter is emotionally unstable. His quick temper doesn’t help and he cannot be trusted. His promises would be blown away at the first challenge. Andrew has no quality of leadership. He is more a follower than a leader. The two brothers, James and John, hunger for power and place their personal interests above the company’s. Thomas shows a skeptical attitude that would tend to undermine morale. Matthew has been blacklisted by his own people. He is a leading servant of a foreign government and a traitor to his country fellows.” Simon, a zealot, belongs to a band of fiery, violent nationalists who plan to murder and assassinate their rivals. We can call him a terrorist. James, Thaddeus, and Philip definitely have radical leanings. What qualifications do they have? Nothing!
“One of the candidates, however, shows real potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness; he meets people well and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious and responsible. He knows how to run a financial affair. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man!”
The Moral of this story: Church business is Jesus’ work, and it can be done by His power. At most and at best we are only messengers, or conduit pipes!