THE HIDDEN DISCIPLE
Read Acts 12: 1-5
[Jesus] saw James and John . . . in their boat repair-
ing the fishing nets. At that very moment he called
them. They followed him, leaving their father
Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers.
Jesus called brothers James and John at the same time.
They followed immediately and were with Jesus throughout
his ministry. Interestingly,
almost every reference to
James is in relation to John
and Peter. James is what I
call a “hidden disciple.”
James was one of the
original disciples and, after Jesus’ resurrection, went on to
help build the church. He seemed to be one of Jesus’ three
closest friends, who sometimes were invited to experience
events that the rest of the Twelve were not. But we know
almost nothing else about James — neither his personality
nor his ministry. He died early in the Book of Acts and unlike
Stephen, whose martyrdom is described over two chapters
(Acts 6-7), James’s death is given only one line (Acts 12: 2).
This does not mean that James was unimportant. Jesus
called him for a purpose that played out uniquely in his life
and death. We can honor James simply because we know he
was a follower of Jesus.
Many followers of Christ are “hidden” among us. Some
serve in the background; others are isolated by various
circumstances from the body of Christ. But Jesus cherishes
every believer, calls each of us to a unique path of discipleship, and values each member of his Body, the church.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that our worth to you is not
measured by how well known we are to other people, for
none of us is hidden from your loving eyes. Amen.
Claire Bell (South Australia, Australia)
Prayer Focus: THE “HIDDEN” DISCIPLES IN MY LIFE
— Mark 1: 19-20 (CEB)
Thought for the Day
Christ sees and cherishes each
person who follows him.