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Session 2

Worry less about being able and focus more on being available

Read: Matthew 4:18-22, John 15:16

In Matthew 4, we get a glimpse into the unorthodox way Jesus chose His first disciples. No one made an appointment. No one had an interview. No one labored over a resume.

He invited. They came.

Simon and Andrew were an unlikely pick for ministry. They were uneducated, rough in appearance, and probably rough in speech. 

What they did have was a willing spirit. They didn’t know what was next. They never counted the cost or wondered about success. They just said “yes.”
 
Availability trumps ability every time. As group leaders, we are most effective for God when we’re available to God. Sure, we can read leadership books and ask others for hosting tips. Those are great ways to learn, but they aren’t qualifications for starting a group. 
 
The moment we are saved, we are given at least one spiritual gift. With this gift, Jesus will ensure His kingdom work is carried out. Saying we “aren’t good enough,” or “He couldn’t possibly use me,” is merely telling Jesus He doesn’t have a clue what He’s doing!
 
We are able by virtue of what He has already done in and for us. John 15:16 says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last….”

Jesus knew what He was doing when He picked His disciples, and He knew what He was doing when He picked you. He has done everything to prepare us for the work He created us to do, and we already have all we need to carry it out (Ephesians 2:10 and 2 Peter 1:3-9). All we have to do is say “yes” when Jesus says, “Follow me.”
  
Reflect:

  • What’s one way your availability, rather than your own ability, has proven to be important in your walk with Jesus?
  • What are your fears about leading a group? How does knowing Jesus chose you for this opportunity help you face those fears? 

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