Acts 11:26 “And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church & taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.”
Matthew 4:18-22, CSB “As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter), & his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. ‘Follow me,’ He told them, ‘and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets & followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, & his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, preparing their nets, & He called them. Immediately they left the boat & their father & followed Him.”
Lk 6:40 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.”
1 Cor 11:1 “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”
Jesus was looked upon as a non-traditional rabbi with an approach to discipleship that was revolutionary and unique. Unlike the rabbi’s of the time who evaluated potential disciples for sharpness, greatness, and intelligence before accepting them as disciples (they only chose the best), Jesus sought the willing. He did not care about a person’s ability; He cared about their availability.