If you were a jockey, you would want the strongest, best trained horse. If you were a coach, you would want the best players. If you were a CEO, you would want the top people on your staff.
If you were Jesus, you would want… the weak and dependent?
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people.” And they left their nets at once and followed him. –Matthew 4:19-20
I was not a star player when I was younger. I was picked for sport teams toward the end. So, I take comfort in those who Jesus chose to be on his “team.”
When Jesus picked his team (known as the 12 disciples), he actually picked those who had been overlooked by other leaders. There seemed to be nothing special about the people Jesus chose. They were everyday, ordinary people. Jesus could have recruited wealthy men, people of influence, and the highly educated. Instead, he seemed to pursue “the least of these”. He looked past the “obvious” people and approached fishermen and ordinary people and simply said, “Follow me.”
None of these people would have appeared on the cover of Money magazine or GQ. However, even though they looked like the “B-team,” one reason they all stood out was that they were willing to leave everything to follow Jesus.
Jesus chose them. They followed.
What about you? Are you still waiting to improve yourself before you try to really follow Jesus? Jesus believes in you. He knows you. He can make you a fisher of men.