Matthew 10:1 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
Note that in v.1 the twelve are referred to as “disciples”, but then in v.2 they are called “apostles”. It’s subtle and easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. However, this is a very important change that is taking place. It’s a change in vocational identity: “disciple” to “apostle”. What does that mean?
A disciple is a “learner”, someone who is studying the master. An apostle is a “sent one”, called to proclaim the kingdom of God and make disciples as Jesus had done. You and I have this same calling from Jesus. We are expected to move from “disciples” to “disciple-makers”. We receive new life from the Lord and then share that life with others. This morning I’m thinking about how I might more fully live into this calling – from disciple to disciple-maker. Lord give me grace to do as Jesus did. Amen.