Read: Matthew 9:9-13; 10:1-4

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. (John 15:16 NIV)

A few years ago my family went blueberry picking on my dad’s cousin’s blueberry farm in Michigan. While the rest of the family was very selective to pick just the ripe, dark blueberries, my two-year-old nephew had a wonderful time picking indiscriminately. He filled his bucket with small, underdeveloped green or red berries. I pointed out what he was picking. But somebody said, “It doesn’t matter, just let him pick. We can sort them out later.”

In choosing his disciples we would think that the Son of God would be very selective, picking only the best of the best. That was not his criteria. He surrounded himself with a group of rough, uneducated fishermen and a despised tax collector. Did the Son of God know one of them would become a liar, thief, and betrayer? Did he realize that they would all desert him or even deny knowing him? Jesus did not care about his disciples’ background or what they would become. He invited them all to follow him.

My nephew’s blueberry basket looked like the kind of people Jesus has chosen to follow him. Some are ready to be used by the Lord right away, but most are “green” and underdeveloped. No matter what our spiritual condition, Jesus wants us to follow. As we follow the Master’s leading, he will develop us into people who can bear fruit for his kingdom. —Steve Laman

As you pray, thank Jesus for picking you to follow him.