Go Ye Therefore

The Law of Reproduction Part 8

Jesus Raised Up Leaders-Matthew 4:12-25

As Jesus began his public ministry, He preached (Matt. 4:12-17), then passed yet another test of leadership: He called other leaders to join him (4:18-22). These twelve men He called disciples. Immediately He began developing them into future leaders for the church.

Jesus passed the acid test of leadership: Could He reproduce His leadership in someone else? At the same time He chose three fishermen, He cast vision for spiritual reproduction: “Follow Me,” He said, “and I will make you fishers of men” (4:19). Clearly, He called these men to become leaders as well.

What do we learn about Jesus’ selection and development of leaders?

  1. He found them in the course of His everyday world (v. 18). Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and spotted men close to Him.
  2. He handpicked them  (v. 19). Jesus didn’t hold a popularity vote; He chose the ones He knew were right.
  3. He called them to become leaders (v. 19). Jesus called them not only to follow Him, but to influence others.
  4. He used language they understood (v. 19). Jesus plainly challenged them to catch men instead of fish.
  5. He took them on a journey and demonstrated leadership (vv. 23-25). Jesus modeled leadership is He traveled through Judea.

Join me next time for The Law of Reproduction Part 9