When Jesus began His ministry, one of the first things He did was to choose 12 men or disciples that would journey with Him. In Mark 3:14 it says, ‘ He appointed twelve–designating them apostles–that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach.’ This verse has often challenged me because it reminds me that first and foremost Jesus has invited me to be with Him. Only after I really understand that my value is in being chosen to be with God can I then accept my ministry and be sent out to preach and be His ambassador.

So many times I get mixed up and think that Jesus only wants to be with me if I prove my worth to Him by going out and doing lots of great stuff. But that’s not the idea. Jesus breathed worth into these men first and then He sent them out. That’s how grace works. Grace gives when we don’t deserve it and it produces people who work and flourish for the kingdom out of hearts bursting with gratitude.

So I challenge you in this season of lots of doing and activity to just ‘be’ with Jesus. Stop today and pause. Carve out time tonight by your tree when everyone else has gone to bed and sit there and take in the fact that before you ever did one single ‘good’ thing, the God of the Universe wanted to be with you. One of my favorite names for Jesus is Emmanuel, ‘God with us.’

May you rest in Him today,