eMeditation on the Bible
Question: What do we learn about a relationship with God from the followers Jesus chose for his inner circle?
Story (Luke 5:1-11; 5:27-32; & 6:12-16, condensed and paraphrased)
The variety and type of the twelve followers Jesus chose to be his inner circle of students to mentor teaches us that our heavenly father is a “boundary-crossing, community-building God.”
(1) Jesus reached across social boundaries to form a community of followers whose social divisions needed to be healed by God’s love. This healing was accomplished through their relationship with God as they matured spiritually by following Jesus and learning to live according to God’s core values.
(2) The variety of followers Jesus selected teaches us that God’s love crosses all boundaries to reach and invite all people to enter God’s family.
(3) The type of group Jesus mentored teaches us that God’s goal for the human family is to become a community that has been transformed by God’s love so that social divisions are healed as people: (a) forgive each other, (b) treat each other with compassion, (c) seek justice and (d) serve the needy.
God plans to accomplish this by empowering the community of God’s family on earth to bring full and overflowing harmonious well-being to the whole human family.
Although your relationship with God begins as an individual, your relationship with God is also community-oriented. Since spiritual growth is growth in love and love involves other people, your relationship with God leads you to contribute to the wellbeing of the communities to which you belong, including your place of work, neighborhood and city.
Respond by Growing
Grow spiritually by growing in love: (1) Reach across social, economic and ethnic boundaries (2) to serve those in need (3) by assisting them according to your resources, (4) giving them respect and kindness, and (5) doing what you are able to do to heal the divisions within society.