“On the 11th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me 11 Pipers Piping”
12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.
Although there are 12 disciples mentioned in the verses we only count 11 of them because Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. What is a disciple? These men who Jesus called had to learn not only about Jesus and God but also about themselves. They were going to have obstacles in their way and they needed to believe in Jesus and everything he taught. Jesus taught them and instructed them to demonstrate and proclaim God’s kingdom in all that they did. They put Jesus, his teachings, and God’s kingdom in front of everything in their lives. They were willing to leave their family and friends to follow him and some would even die for their belief in Jesus. The 11 disciples Jesus called are an example of what our lives should look like as a follower of Christ. Are we willing to give everything away to follow Jesus, even if it includes our life?