Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.

Bible verse of the Day: Mark 3:13-14 “Jesus went up to a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve-designating them apostles- that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach.”

Jesus was the best net-worker that ever lived. There, I said it. No i-phone, no laptop, no fax machine, no Nike’s, no car, no planes. Just the most perfectly executed networking strategy in history. Take 12 ragtag guys, mostly uneducated fisherman and despised tax collectors, and tell them that they are the plan. In their hands the Gospel lies. Their job? Nothing less than to ensure that the gospel is heard throughout the world. They are to spread the good news of Christ’s coming, His death and resurrection, and the eternal implications of that for all of humanity.TALK  ABOUT PRESSURE! No last minute drive to win the Super Bowl or playing golf for $5 a hole with only $2 in your pocket can even shake a stick at this amount of pressure. But here we are over 2,000 years later and the gospel is still being preached in Judea, in Samaria and to the ends of the earth. How did Jesus know that His plan would work and why did he chose to carry it out this way? Couldn’t He have done a better job if He just handled it himself? After all, we are imperfect human beings, prone to errors in judgement and weak in character, and He is God in the flesh. The fact that Jesus choose 12 guys to carry the gospel message reveals some deep and interesting things about Him; He understood math and the compounding of numbers. He values a relationship with us more than we could ever imagine. He is a great delegator, communicator, role model and coach. He knew that for the Kingdom to grow, that we must personally grow in our faith and as a result, be involved in helping the Kingdom to grow. Finally, Jesus knew that this wasn’t a sprint but a marathon.

He spent three solid years with the disciples teaching, rebuking, preparing and motivating them for the task at hand. He imparted wisdom from His Father unto them, but they didn’t get it. He was patient with them. He understood their human proclivity to doubt, whine and betray. He never stopped investing in them. As a matter of fact, He took great joy in investing in them. His love always trumped His frustration. Thank God that is still  true for you and for me. He must often shake his head at my stubbornness, silliness and stupidity. But He never leaves or forsakes me or you. When we fall down, he picks us up, dusts us off and gets us back in the game. No condemnation.  He is willing to invest in us as along as it takes for us to get our act together. Sometimes that takes awhile. To him, it is always worth it. Each soul a precious treasure to be redeemed. I am humbled at the thought of His amazing grace, unfailing mercy and incomprehensible love. I pray that one day it will truly sink in and I will burst forth with an energy and freedom that I have never imagined. All fears set aside, truly embracing the truth and power of Romans 8:31  “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”  We are His hands and feet. Despite our own sin, weakness and brokenness, we are the plan. There is no plan B.  His joy is in including us in His great work of spreading the gospel. The foundation was laid so solidly, that there is nothing in the world that can keep it from its destination and it climactic resolution. Billions of souls throughout history will attest to it: Jesus is the greatest networker that ever lived. Hallelujah!

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