How Does Jesus Select His Disciples?

Throughout the Bible, we see that Jesus selects his disciples in a variety of ways. Some he calls personally, while others are recommended by friends or family members. But how does Jesus choose who will be his disciples?

Jesus Calls Those Who Are Willing to Follow

First and foremost, Jesus calls those who are willing to follow him. In Matthew 4:19, Jesus says to Peter and Andrew, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Notice that Jesus doesn’t say “come with me” or “join my team.” He says “follow me,” indicating that there is a level of commitment required to become one of his disciples.

Jesus Chooses People from All Walks of Life

Another thing we see in the Bible is that Jesus chooses people from all walks of life. In Luke 5:27-28, we see that Jesus called Levi (also known as Matthew), a tax collector, to be one of his disciples.

Tax collectors were not well-liked in those days because they were seen as collaborators with the Roman government. Yet Jesus saw something special in Levi and chose him anyway.

Jesus Looks at the Heart

When Samuel was sent by God to anoint a new king over Israel, he assumed that the tallest and strongest son of Jesse would be chosen. But God had other plans.

In 1 Samuel 16:7, God tells Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height..The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Likewise, when Jesus chooses his disciples he looks beyond their outward appearance or social status and instead looks at their hearts. In Mark 2:17, when questioned about why he eats with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus says “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


In conclusion, Jesus chooses his disciples based on their willingness to follow him, regardless of their background or social status. He looks beyond outward appearances and instead looks at the heart. As we strive to follow Jesus today, let us remember that it is our willingness to follow and our hearts that matter most.