Jesus’ “Favorites”

23 04 2013

At times it seems that I have stricter limitations than other believers I know. They have freedom to do things I know I have been asked to avoid. It doesn’t seem fair and, if I’m not careful, can lead to resentment that quickly becomes critical judgmentalism on my part.

Don’t they get it?

However, I recently began to wonder what the other nine disciples did whenever Jesus singled out Peter, James, and John to accompany Him on special occasions. There is no record of the others having been given assignments during their absence. They were left to do whatever they wanted, it seems.

But why just those three?Β I thought you were no respecter of persons, Lord.

Then I began to understand. Jesus didn’t dare let James, John, or Peter out of His sight! These three were competitive (who’s the greatest?), hot-headed (Sons of Thunder), compulsive (Peter lopped off the guy’s ear in the Garden of Gethsemane), and prone to call down the fire of heaven if they were rejected. These weren’t Jesus’ favorites. Oh, no. Like any good teacher, Jesus gave these troublemakers front row seats in His classroom so He could keep an eye on them!

His efforts paid off. All three became leaders of the new church. The others (minus Judas) were also instrumental in making disciples, as well.

They just didn’t need such “specialized” attention.

Like me, are you prone to get yourself into trouble if Jesus leaves you to your own devices? He’s given me just enough rope to hang myself in the past…and I’ve done so more than once. As a result, He’s said, “I want you right here where I can watch you!”

His “special” attention is beginning to pay off, though. Little by little I’ve matured; and little by little He’s given me more responsibility in His Kingdom work.

When I see the situation from this perspective, it helps me to be less harsh with those who aren’t on such a “short leash” by the Lord. In a way, I envy their ability to “get it” – and stay out of trouble – while enjoying greater freedom.

The significance of this is arrangement is that those of us who are seemingly under the Lord’s watchful eye, and the recipients of His “special” attention, are not the favored ones after all. Once we understand that we’re not the “in” crowd, but those most likely to be the troublemakers, the balloon of pride is quickly deflated! In addition, we can let go of the propensity to judge those whose lifestyles allow for greater latitude in life activities.

There is an advantage to being in this group, though: we get lots of the Lord’s attention.

We’re not the favorites –

just HisΒ specialΒ needs kids!

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10 responses

25 04 2013
Timothy Murray

Great post! I love your perspective on the three “inner” disciples. My Greek professor taught us that in John, where he says “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, based on the Greek it could be translated, “the disciple whom Jesus kept on loving”! Seems to go along with what your saying, even in spite of himself (John), Jesus kept on loving him! God bless and many thanks.

25 04 2013
lessonsbyheart

That’s awesome! I always thought John was a little full of himself whenever he referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” If I were one of the other guys, I’d have rolled my eyes every time I read that and said something snotty to him about it.

“The disciple whom Jesus kept on loving” – now, I can relate to that! Thanks for sharing.

25 04 2013
Timothy Murray

Yes, I can relate too! No trouble. Many thanks!

23 04 2013
inthepottershands988

Very interesting perspective. Never thought of it that way. It is easy to feel that God is letting people get away with things that He won’t let you get away with, but then again, it might just be that He hasn’t brought them to that lesson yet. Grace, I think, is what we give to allow people room to grow. I know I have the tendency to what to be little Holy Spirit Jr. and argue people to death, but the Lord has taught me to back off and give people some space. I can give the reasons why the Lord doesn’t let me do this or that, but then back up and give the person room to grow. πŸ™‚ Lord knows I could only handle one lesson at a time. If people kept coming at me with all the things I should be doing and learning I think my head would blow up. πŸ™‚

23 04 2013
lessonsbyheart

Yeah, I’ve left a lot of carnage in my wake. I don’t want to do that anymore. Hairy (tab at the top of my page) describes the conversation God & I had about my attempts to shape people up. Eek!

Thanks for visiting!

23 04 2013
thethinkingofthoughts2013

I love this. It’s brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this. πŸ™‚

23 04 2013
lessonsbyheart

You’re most welcome. Hope things are going a little better for you today!

24 04 2013
thethinkingofthoughts2013

Better than I could ever hope for. God is just indescribably amazing!

24 04 2013
lessonsbyheart

\ πŸ™‚ /
Praise Jesus!

24 04 2013
thethinkingofthoughts2013

Amen πŸ™‚

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