WHO ARE YOU COOPERATING WITH?
Luk 6:12 Now it was during this time that Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he spent all night in prayer to God.
Luk 6:13 When morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles:
Luk 6:14 Simon (whom he named Peter), and his brother Andrew; and James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Luk 6:15 Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot,
Luk 6:16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
called community of faith
Luke highlights the showdown between Jesus and the religious experts who had decided to oppose his ministry. Then he makes a point that during this time of opposition and anxiety that Jesus withdrew to a mountain to pray all night before selecting twelve from among his many disciples as his delegated representatives. At the end of the list was Judas Iscariot, who turned out to be a traitor. Judas cooperated with Jesus’ enemies to accomplish their will, not God’s will.
There is a community of faith in my neighbourhood who is specifically called by God for the purpose of promoting the word of Christ and doing his will. My commitment to Christ will be judged in part by my cooperation with and fellowship within that community of faith. Church matters.
LORD, keep us faithful to you, and your called community of faith.