- God is the initiator.
14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- God is the inviter.
19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
- God is the empower-er.
5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
7 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”