Remember how Jesus chose twelve men, “that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach” (Mark 3:14). Notice the order? First they were with Jesus. Then they preached.
In Acts 4:13 we read, “The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. There it is again. With Jesus. The impact of what we do rests upon starting in the right place, with Jesus.
The very commission of Jesus assumes relationship because it is a co-mission. Peter was recognized as being with Jesus. In fact, the very identity of the disciples was their being with Jesus.
The call is the expression of the nature of the One who calls, and we can only recognize the call if that same nature is in us. As long as I dwell on my own qualities and traits and think about what I am suited for, I will never hear the call of God. The majority of us cannot hear anything but ourselves. (Oswald Chambers)
Being with Jesus tunes my heart to His voice. My voice, preferences, abilities all dim in my ears as His voice is tuned in my heart.
God brings me into the proper relationship with Himself so that I can understand His call, and then I serve Him on my own out of a motivation of absolute love. So, service is an expression of my nature, and God’s call is an expression of His nature.
Lord, you are the giver of life. Your message is a message of life. To live with you is true living. May my reputation be set by the compliment “with Jesus “. Tune my heart to your voice.