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.