Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (Luke 10:23-24)
I’ve learned much about discipleship studying Luke. It looks different for every person because we have various gifts and different callings. Some have been given many sheep to care for and others only one. Discipleship can change as our lives alter. Now that I’m retired from physical therapy, I have less opportunity to help people physically, but more time to write about God’s kingdom. I spend most of my day writing about God on this blog and in my novel, Denial of the Enemy, and I love doing it. Following Jesus is a privilege and a joy.
Jesus’ apostles, a subset of disciples, were particularly privileged and blessed. They began as students, like little children, but after three years with Him, they became close friends. Each apostle has a throne in heaven. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to be an apostle? To have actually been in the presence of Jesus on earth was an incredible privilege. But, I think about the verse Luke 12:48b: From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded. The apostles lives were not their own. They were jailed and tortured and all but John died young. Could I have withstood all they went through? Maybe not.
As Jesus’ disciples, we see and hear things that others miss. We see the miracle in every sunrise and sunset, we hear the Holy Spirit whisper in our ears, sometimes nudging us. We experience love, peace, hope, and joy more deeply than others. Our spirits will spend eternity with God in a place of love where no tears are shed.
Father God, thank you for discipleship privilege, the honor of being the hands and voice of Jesus. Help me be a blessing to the sheep you give me. Help me see and take part in your miracles, and help me hear your voice calling me to do your work. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.