Jesus arrived in Beeville early Sunday morning. There was a lot of speculation about where we might find Him. As it turns out He spent His time moving from church to church making a few remarks in each one and then moving on.
Many had thought He would go to the poor areas of town first and start healing the sick or perhaps feed a large group of people with a couple of tacos, but as it turned out, He spent his time in the churches trying to persuade everyone to leave church and minister in the surrounding community. Many found this “new” mandate troubling and a few were infuriated. After all, they were wearing their Sunday best.
Yesterday morning (Monday), it was disturbing to many of us as pastors, that when we went to join Him for the day, He had left without us. He had to have started out before the crack of dawn. We couldn’t find him anywhere. He had indicated to us that He intended to spend five days here, so we fanned out, cell phones in hand trying to find Him. As it turned out none of us found Him, instead my son-in-law did. He called me from the oil rig where he was working with the surprising news that Jesus was on site and had attracted quite a crowd. In fact, all the workers had stopped their work and were crowded around Him as closely as possible.
And what do you suppose He was doing; teaching, healing, praying, performing miracles? Answer: None of the above. Instead, He had singled out some of the roughest of the roughnecks and was inviting them to “follow Me, and I will make you explorers for the souls of men.” Throughout the day yesterday, that seems to be the pattern that emerged. He was moving from place to place throughout the county inviting a select few common laborers to follow Him. He made an appearance at H-E-B, a couple of construction sites, and then late last night He approached one of the employees at the local theater with the same invitation. “Follow Me.”
At the end of the day, it was reported that while many were tagging along with Him from place to place, there were exactly 12 that He had personally invited to follow Him. All those invited had accepted His invitation. Does that sound familiar or what?