Misfits by JW Kaiser
What a bunch of misfits we surfers are. Barefeet. Water dripping from our noses. Strange tans. An obsession that nobody understands. Misfits indeed. We are mostly identified by our dedication and the lengths we will go to further our surfing experiences.
How about the followers of Jesus after the resurrection? Clearly, they could be called misfits too. Untrained, passionate, outcast. Once called disciples of Jesus, they were later called Apostles (meaning a pioneering advocate.) Here is a list of how each Apostle gave their life for the sake of the Gospel:
Peter & Paul – Both martyred in Rome. Paul was beheaded. Peter was crucified, upside down at his request, since he did not feel he was worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.
Andrew – Went to what is now the Soviet Union, Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey, and in Greece, where he was crucified.
Thomas – Tradition has him preaching as far east as India. Died when pierced through with the spears of four soldiers.
Philip – Powerful ministry in North Africa and Asia Minor, where he converted the wife of a Roman proconsul. In retaliation the proconsul had Philip arrested and cruelly put to death.
Matthew – Ministered in Persia and Ethiopia. He was stabbed to death in Ethiopia.
Bartholomew – Travels to India, Armenia, Ethiopia, and Southern Arabia. There are various accounts of how he met his death as a martyr for the gospel.
James – Ministered in Syria. It was reported that he was stoned and then clubbed to death.
Simon the Zealot – Ministered in Persia and was killed after refusing to sacrifice to the sun god.
Matthais – Replaced Judas. Went to Syria with Andrew and put to death by burning.
John – Is the only one to have died a natural death. Leader of the church in Ephesus and is said to have taken care of Mary the mother of Jesus in his home. An early tradition has him escaping unhurt after being cast into boiling oil at Rome.
Are you ready to be a different kind of misfit than just a surfer? One with the dedication of the Apostles? Surfing is not worth giving your life for; but clearly Jesus Christ was for this group of men who spent three years with him.