Monday: 28th October, 2019

Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

Like the opening chapter in the Gospel of Matthew, today is nothing but a roll call or name register. We are presented with a list of the twelve just as we have a glimpse of the genealogy of Jesus in the first chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. Yet, as I thought about this normal list, a question came to mind ‘was it really necessary to record their names?’

If there is anything one can do with a name, it is to trace origins. In the absence of modern technology, a name alone provided substantial clues to finding anyone’s root, albeit with greater effort. Regardless, our matter rests with why the names of the twelve mean anything to anyone.

In Revelations 21:14, the names of the foundations of the city of the lamb were those of the twelve Apostles. From their first call, we have evidence of how much they were elevated because they followed and fulfilled the tasks assigned to them. Beloved, the record of their names also affords us an opportunity to dive into their lives- their beginnings, challenges, achievements and their end.

Whether in writing or in speech, your name will find its way into the annals of history. So the question that will follow this record is this: ‘with what story and with what life will your name be associated?


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