This is one of the rarest things I’ve ever been tagged in because it’s quite seldom that people do this kind of activity with the same topic, I mean, based from what I’ve been seeing (or not seeing) on my timeline.
If you are not Christian, please don’t close the page, this tag does not mean to be exclusive and in fact, will help you understand your Christian friends more on how they think, speak, or how they sometimes fall short & disappoint…
Thanks Stu for remembering me! Do check out his blog as it covers almost everything, from inspiration photography, spiritual warfare, marriage, life struggles, and Christian life.
This tag was created by Purple Rose from the blog, A Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter. I remember being A Reluctant Preachers’ Daughter as both my parents are pastors since we were in the Philippines, and now I myself has become a preacher. I remember the time when I have decided to finally attend Bible school for my Master’s. It was the weirdest thing my husband has heard from me. But when you’re called, you have to listen (finally listen)… you’ve got to learn from Jonah (like I did being once like him).
What are the odds right?! God chooses the most unexpected people & yes, pastor’s children struggle the most — because the expectations are sky high and we often disappoint! So for me, it was double a struggle! Yikes!
So here are the rules to this tag:
- Thank the person who tagged you and include a link to their post
- Link the original post (The Thirteenth Disciple Tag) and give credit to the creator of this tag, Purple Rose.
- Answer the 13 questions asked by Purple Rose
- Tag as many people as you like
- Use the original tag image as the FEATURED image on your post:
Here are the questions:
1. Which disciple is your favorite?
Peter is my go-to disciple. He was the perfect case to show, “normal persons can serve God.” Though his faith fluctuated a bit, He still would always call unto the Lord for rescue! One may say, “He did betray Jesus you know!” BUT he was more than repentant! He was so much like us regular humans.
2. How often do you pray The Lord’s Prayer?
I don’t really. I recite it as it comes by. During readings or if in reference to the teaching. But I have only prayed it back in elementary school when my teacher asked us to pray Our Father with Hail Mary and Glory Be… until my mom went to the school and had a very polite talk with my teacher about our school being secular, hence….
3. How often do you take communion?
We break bread whenever we gather / weekly.
4. Do you listen to sermons during the week?
Yes, sometimes, I share them too. My last week’s teaching was based on a WordPress post of Rev. James Laurence of My Pastoral Ponderings. It was a coincidence because the sermon the week before was about when the disciples won’t believe that they can catch a lot of fish on a certain part of the sea (I mean of course, having waited on that spot for a long time with nothing caught on their net!!!) but as Jesus ordered them to, they were shocked to see their catch. Pastor James’ ponderings that week was about how Jesus walked on water. See, even his name is disciple-ish? We can get a lot of good shareable materials from WordPress. So amazing!
5. If Jesus asked you to have your own small group of 4, which 3 disciples or Bible Characters would you choose to be in your weekly prayer group?
Peter, James and John
6. Why did you choose those 3?
I have always loved these three characters. I want to see how simple people, regular fishermen can be called by Jesus to directly learn from Him and later, continue His purpose. Plus, in Matthew 17, Jesus had them accompany Him to a mountaintop where he was transfigured. For me, that was a real privilege!
I want to learn more from these three!
7. What Bible characters do you relate to or understand the most?
Jonah. Like I said previously, I have been called to a purpose a long time ago. The calling was clear. I have deferred and delayed my calling and had this old school rationale that one can serve the Lord on the sidelines! But I wasn’t being called to serve on the sidelines! I thought it was easier. In fact, serving on the sidelines was not easy at all; however, I was called for a different purpose hence I was ineffective on what I have initially elected. It was like going to Tarshish instead of going to Nineveh. I know that Jonah was trying to avoid that place because people there would not be kind and would not be easily proselytized especially, warning them about Nineveh’s destruction!
I too had many issues so I went the other way, I thought my personality won’t fit the mold. I was also made to feel that I didn’t fit the mold! And I believed them. I thought I am too quirky and too whimsical to speak about the Grace of the Lord! But God always has a backup plan for you. I was like swallowed by a whale towards my calling! God works in strangely amazingly ways!
8. Which disciple would you be with the most?
I would be with someone as devoted and loyal as John.
9. Which disciple would you get along with the best?
Probably John, because He really loved the church and always encouraged the brethren to love each other. I love people who do not instigate. He thrived on being around Jesus. He was one of the first disciples to follow Jesus, he overhead John the Baptist talking about Jesus and he went after him. John was brave enough to stand at the foot of the cross while all the other apostles were still in hiding.
10. If you were in the painting of the Last Supper, where would you be sitting?
I will of course want to sit beside Jesus but knowing me, I will be somewhere far.
11. Peter carried a sword and cut off a soldier’s ear in an attempt to protect Jesus. If you were there that night, what would your reaction have been to the soldiers coming to arrest Jesus?
One of the characters I am happy to share is my loyalty. If I love you — I love you to death! There’s nothing grey about it. I will probably become like Peter. I am also hotheaded and I lose self-control at times. I think that’s why Peter and I are alike in some ways.
12. We all need a Simon Peter in our life, someone who carries a “sword” and will fight for you. Who is/was your Simon Peter?
My Peter is my husband. He is my rock. Although in times that call for sword and cutting off the ears, my husband and I complement each other as we can be each others Peter and John. We swap roles according to situation. There’s always someone pacifying the other. Thank God for that kind of relationship.
13. Similar to Jesus, we all have a Judas in our lives who helps us fulfill our destiny or find our purpose. Can you look back and appreciate their role in your life despite the harm they did or the hurt they caused?
Yes. I do have a couple of people worthy of the “Judas moniker”. I always include them on my thanksgiving list because if it were not for them, I would not have been this happy.
I would like to tag the following people to answer this questionnaire. Feel free to abstain, if you’re too busy 🙂 but if you want to join, super thanks!!!
I will leave you this verse from the book of Matthew 28:18-20,
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.