It is interesting to examine the twelve disciples our Lord Jesus Christ chose to be with Him and ordained to His service. In His inscrutable wisdom, the Lord chose men from all walks of life and a wide variety of backgrounds.
Christ chose Peter, James, and John from a fisherman’s boat. They were “unlearned and ignorant men” Acts 4:13, but Christ chose them. Matthew occupied a place in a rather seamy side of the business world. Yet God chose him for He had a work for him to do, chiefly to write the Gospel that bears his name.
Christ chose Thomas, a man of doubting disposition whom the risen Christ persuaded to confess, “my Lord and my God” John 20:28. He chose Simon Zelotes from an extreme anti-Roman wing of Jewry. Full of burning zeal, Simon had been prepared to kill in his nation’s cause, but Christ transformed his carnal behaviour into spiritual zeal. Jesus chose others among the twelve of whom we know little, men such as Bartholomew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Judas, the brother of James. But God knew them, called them, and used them.
God has chosen us and has work for us to do. Some He calls to serve in a place of prominence; others He calls to labour inconspicuously. Most of us are in the latter category. However, though we may serve without the notice or acclaim of man, we cannot be in a better place than the centre of God’s will. Seek not great things for yourself. Be content to serve as and where He ordains.
Remember that to have any place in the service of Christ is an unspeakable honour. So labour that, whatever your calling, you may receive His “Well done, good and faithful servant” [Rev. James Beggs].