And even among the twelve, He chose a close three, Peter, James and John. The works of the disciples were to follow him, learn from him, get expository meaning to hidden parables, grow to maturity and continue the work after His death. And taking a close look at the Old Testament, the lives of these disciples, and beyond, we can reach a conclusion on some criteria God desires of his disciples. If we keep these steps, then and only then can we make good disciples of Jesus Christ.
1. Do not slack your hands
Taking our study from the beginning of Jesus’s selection of His disciples, we would notice that none of the disciples Jesus called was idle. Peter, Andrew, James and John were professional fishermen, they worked all night. Matthew was a tax collector; you should understand that being a tax collector is no job for a loafer. Even though Jesus didn’t look for highly qualified personnel to fill the space of His disciples, he carefully selected those who were diligent in doing their jobs.
The reason is this; if you are too slothful to work for yourself, you will be too lazy to work in God’s vineyard. Even when Jesus chose his last, Paul, he was on his way to Damascus to victimize the disciples, very hardworking.
The book of 2 chronicles 15: 7 says
‘Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.’
It was like this to the time of Moses, he was keeping the flock of his father-in-law when God called him out of the burning bush. Gideon was in the winepress, though troubled but yet working, when God called him. And we can go on and on, examining the lives of those that God had called and that have carried out his work successfully. Even Saul, who seemed later to be a failure, was busy looking for the lost ass of his father. David was keeping sheep in the field.
1 Corinthians15: 58 says
‘Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the LORD.’ KJV