Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place; and there was a large crowd of His disciples, and a great throng of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured. (Luke 6:17, 18 NASB)
Can't you just imagine this level place? Jesus and the apostles were surrounded by a large crowd of disciples as well as a great throng of people who came to listen and be healed. Everyone on the same level place, both servants and those being served. Followers and seekers. No one better. No one less.
There was a progression to their encounters with Jesus. Apostles had once been disciples. Disciples had once been seekers. That's how it should be for us, too. We were never intended to stay the same as when we came to Jesus. We are supposed to come to Him, allow Him to heal our hurts and make us disciples. Over time, we should grow in maturity as disciples. We may not become apostles, but we should certainly be better than we were.
Where are you in the crowd around Jesus? Are you in the throng of seekers? Are you in need of healing? Have you moved to discipleship? Are you growing in discipleship?
Today, pray that we and our loved ones would come to Jesus as we are and allow Him to change us into what we were meant to become.
Link for last night's Lenten devotional: http://leannahollis.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-sure-fire-formula-for-success.html