by Rex Yancey

Doing Business for, or with, Jesus
Rex Yancey
Mark 3:13-15

Those of you my age and older remember choosing sides at recess. The two oldest and best players would do the hand over hand thing on the baseball bat to see who got to pick first. He picked the best player available, and each subsequent pick took the next best player on down the line. The worst part of the experience was to be the last pick because you were the only one left.

The highest privilege went to the two choosers. The next highest privilege belonged to the first choice of the first chooser. I can remember climbing the ladder of success, working my way through the ranks of a playground hierarchy.

The people Jesus called had a name. I heard about a man who had a dog with no legs. The man carried the dog around with him all the time. One day a stranger said to him, ''Hey mister, what's your dog's name?'' He replied, ''He doesn't have a name. If I called him he couldn't come!''

These men had a name and they could come. Our text indicates Jesus was calling his team together. We might not have initially picked this team. However, since we know the rest of the story, his team who looked like losers turned out winners.

I want us to learn three important lessons from this text.


v. 13 says, ''He went up on the mountain…'' Jesus usually had a reason for doing what he did. He did things deliberately and intently.

Mark could have said that Jesus summoned the twelve and that would have been sufficient. But he didn't. He said, ''They were summoned on a mountain.'' Why did he do that?

1. He called them to retreat.

Jesus often prayed on a mountain. Matthew 14:23 ''He went up on the mountain by himself to pray….'' Mark 6:46 ''He left for the mountain to pray…'' Luke 9:28 ''He went up on the mountain to pray.''

The mountain was not the only place he prayed. However, it was a good place.

Do you have a good place to pray? We all need a place of solitude where we can ...

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