The With-ness of Christ



"And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach." Mark 3:14

This is a loud Scripture for me, it speaks to the core of who I am. In this passage Jesus speaks purpose (appointed) and identity (named), which only happens...with Him. The journey as a disciple has to be WITH the Master, there is no purpose or identity without Him.

There's more..."and he might send them out to preach."

He also promises a direction to go, a mission to help complete the disciple's journey. This relational transference of purpose, identity and direction gives us life...empowering us to walk the talk, and live a life that IS the Gospel, not just sharing but imparting.

That's the with-ness of Christ...a closeness, a tightness, a understanding that I am no longer my own. It's following Him with my entire life wrapped up in Him.

No man can follow Christ and go astray. - William H.P. Faunce

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bill (cycleguy) said…
Love that  last quote jay.  I think it wraps it all up nice and neat. Doing it (what you talk about in the previous paragraph...well that is another story. 
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Bill...good to hear from ya. walking the talk is not easy my friend...but quite the adventure!
seekingpastor said…
Being with Him precedes going to tell others about Him. Hopefully we never get this wrong.
S. Etole said…
Powerful ending quote for your valuable thoughts.
Jay Cookingham said…
Amen Susan...let it be true in our lives!
Jay Cookingham said…
True Dat my brother....bless ya bro'

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