It’s easy to assume that Jesus’ disciples were just special, that they were different from us. It’s easy to conclude that they must have had special wisdom or some super abilities—beyond anything we could ever muster. And if we do assume these things, how could we not become resigned to just this: going to church, reading the Bible a bit, and getting on with our lives.
If our assumptions are true, though, that would mean that God’s purpose in bringing us the stories of these men was to simply demonstrate something impossible and unattainable for us—a divine taunt, of sorts. It would reveal a desire in Him to impress upon us how special were his Biblical supermen—so we would gaze upon them, I guess, and wonder why He created us so . . . un-super.
But He never would. Not our Father. That is a million miles from the kind and outrageously loving heart that our heavenly dad has. We know what He’s like—and He isn’t like that.
So what is His purpose in telling these stories?
Could it have been that He is, through them, showing us His heart? And could it be that He is showing us what is possible and what is attainable? Could it be that He is seeking to inspire us and to challenge us to seek and find the more He offers and wants for us?
Listen to “Overcoming Fear to Follow Me.”