A New Team – Matthew, Thomas, and James
Scripture reading this week: Luke 6:12-19
And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James …(Luke 6:12-14)
This week we’re looking at how Jesus chose twelve men who were everyday folks like you and I to take on the most important mission in the history of mankind: Sharing the good news of the gospel.
Today we’ll look at the next three men on the list; Matthew, Thomas, and James.
Matthew, or Levi, was a tax collector who walked away from his lucrative business to follow Jesus. The average person would have thought it impossible to reform Matthew, but with God all things are possible! Matthew became the first man to write down the teachings of Jesus, writing the gospel which bears his name.
The fact that Jesus chose Matthew tells us that God can use people who seem like lost causes!
Known as “Doubting Thomas,” he was the pessimistic, loyal, and practical disciple whose suspicions of the resurrection vanished as he touched the wounds of his risen Master. In John 20:25, we see him saying unless he sees the nailprints in Jesus’ hand and the gash of the spear in His side, he will not believe. That’s why Thomas became known as Doubting Thomas. When Jesus rose, he came back and invited Thomas to put his finger in the nail prints in his hands and in his side. In that moment Thomas’s doubts were transformed into faith, as he declared, “My Lord and my God.”
The fact that Jesus chose Thomas tells us that God will reveal Himself even to those who doubt!
James, the son of Alphaeus, also known as James the Lesser, or James the Younger. His name indicates that he was either a man of small stature, or a man who somehow didn’t measure up to the other James (the brother of John). Regardless, by the time he wrote the epistle of James, he had become a man of great faith who taught with passion and conviction.
The fact that Jesus chose James tells us that God can use “lesser” people to accomplish great things!
The point: It doesn’t matter if the world has written you off, if you’re by nature a doubter, of if you’re shy and timid, God can and will accomplish great things through you!
We can change the world, one life at a time…