Are You Qualified for Service?

The original twelve disciples Jesus chose lacked background, education, and vocational aptitude for the huge enterprise they would soon undertake!

Seminary, college professor, and writer Pastor Gene Getz, in a humorous email poking fun at the criteria people classically use to select leaders, writes this “assessment” of the men Jesus chose—as if they were applying for management positions:

  • Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper.
  • Andrew has no qualities of leadership.
  • The two brothers, James and John, sons of Zebedee, place personal interests above company loyalty.
  • Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale.
  • We feel it our duty to tell you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau.
  • James, the son of Alphaeus, and particularly Simon the Zealot have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.
  • Thaddaeus is definitely sensitive, but he wants to make everyone happy.
  • One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind, and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious, and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. All of the other profiles are self-explanatory. We wish you every success in your new venture.

[ From Rich Birch, Unreasonable Churches ]

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