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Most college coaches recruit in about the same manner. They write letters and make calls and visits. They send overnight packages. They bring good players in for a visit and show them the advantages of coming to their particular school. They may also point out why they shouldn't go to other schools.  Jesus Christ once ran a "school;" and, of course, He had to recruit students. He was the most unusual recruiter who ever lived.

- He was unusual in that He wanted only twelve men (Matthew 10:1). He did not want a hundred or a thousand.

-He was unusual because He did not look at physical size or speed or prior experience. He looked at the heart (John 2:25).

-He was unusual because He recruited not for four years, but for a lifetime. He asked each to give the rest of his life to His cause (Luke 9:62).

-He was unusual because He recruited men that no one else seemed to want. The world could not see the value in these men (Acts 4:13).

-He was unusual because when He invited them for a visit it was a lowly place—not some grand facility (John 1:39).

-He was unusual because He chose men in spite of their flaws and their weaknesses. He wanted to teach and train them (John 1:42).

-He was an unusual recruiter because of what He offered them. Jesus said, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the heavens have nests, but the Son of Man hath not place to lay his head" (Matthew 8:20). Ultimately, He told them they would have eternal life.

-He was unusual in that He told the twelve the truth. Most coaches have to promise they are going to be there for years. Jesus told them that He would have to die and they would have to carry on (John 12:32-33). He told them there would be hardships and persecutions (Mark 13:9).

-He was unusual because of what He recruited them to do—to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).

-He was unusual in that He told them He would be with them until the end of the world (Matthew 28:20). Many coaches are pretty well through with players when they graduate.

-He was an unusual recruiter in that no team ever achieved such success and became immortalized in the process (Colossians 1:23).