Discipleship With Jesus.
Jesus, before He sent out His disciples, called them to be with Him (Mark 3:14). Don’t miss this “with Him” principle of discipleship. Jesus didn’t just call men, fill them with doctrine, and send them out. That might have been a disaster. But He chose them that they might be with him – observing, listening, asking questions, receiving His rebukes, growing, becoming like Him. Unlike what some have jokingly suggested today, He didn’t lock His restless, zealous disciples in a cage for five years; instead, He called them to be “with Him” that He might at the right time send them out.