Called to Be With Him

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 3:13-19

He appointed twelve . . . that they might be with him. (v. 14)

“You are known by the company you keep.” I did a little research on that phrase and discovered that it comes from a moral in one of Aesop’s Fables called “The Donkey and His Purchaser.” It tells about a man who wished to purchase a donkey but decided to give the animal a test before purchasing it. So he took the donkey home and put him in the field with his other donkeys.

The new donkey strayed from the others to join the one that was the laziest and biggest eater of them all. Seeing this, the man led him back to his owner. When the owner asked how he could have tested the donkey in such a short time, the man answered, “I didn’t even have to see how he worked. I knew he would be just like the one he chose to be his friend.” Proverbs 13:20 concurs: “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.”

In today’s reading we see Jesus choosing twelve to be with him and learn from him. They would be entrusted with his message of good news of God’s grace, forgiveness, and eternal life. But in order for them to do that, they would have to be “with him.”

There is not a better person to be with than Jesus. Through his Word he models for us the gospel and what our lives should look like. —John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, help me to be with you. Amen.