Calling – The apostles received their calling from Jesus.
A calling is different from a job. You are compelled to do a calling.
Waiting – What to do with your wait?
Noah and David illustrations…Waiting can seem long and frustrating.
Pray – leaders pray – disciples pray. Leaders focus on God for guidance and direction.
This is the calm before the storm. God is about to use these 12 men to radically change the world. They will be attacked verbally, physically and they will be persecuted and tortured.
There is no place for distractions – Focus must be on God and God alone.
Judas had to be removed from the picture. Judas would have been a distraction for the disciples.
God was preparing the disciples for what he had prepared for them.