Before Jesus ever preached his first sermon he had already selected people to follow him. Jesus was not interested in developing programs that would reach the multitudes, but in developing individuals that the multitudes would follow.
The men He selected would not impress us as being "key people". (Nor did they impress the religious leaders of Jesus' day.) They were rowdy, Insensitive, quarrelling, envious and bigoted. They came from common backgrounds, a few were social outcasts. Within these individuals He was to build the Kingdom of God on earth.
Just think what a modern ministry school might say about Jesus' choice of students...
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From: Jerusalem School of Ministry
Thank you for submitting the resumes of the Twelve young men you have referenced for to become students at our school of ministry. All of them have taken our battery of tests. We have not only run the results through our computer, but have also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our expert psychologist and ministerial aptitude consultant.
The profiles of all tests are included, and you will want to study each of them carefully. As part of our service, and for your guidance, we make some general comments, much as an auditor will include some general statements. This is given as a result of ministry consultations and comes without any additional fee.
It is our school’s opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background education and ministry aptitude for our school. They do not have the modern team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience, with ministerial ability and a proven track record.
Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of violent temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine others' morale. We feel it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau. James, the of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus definitely have radical tendencies and they both registered a high score on the runic-depressive profile.
One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of broad ability and meets people well, has a keen business mind and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious and responsible. We highly recommend Judas Iscariot for a place in our school. All of the other profiles are self— explanatory.
We wish you every success in your new venture.
Jerusalem School of Ministry