Master to Messiah Day 14
Week 3 >> Day 4
Jesus sends out the Twelve
One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
“Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes. Wherever you go, stay in the same house until you leave town. And if a town refuses to welcome you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”
So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick.
Today we read about the commissioning of the disciples. Jesus gives them power and authority and sends them out to the people of the towns and villages to proclaim the Kingdom and heal the sick. They are to take no supplies with them and only stay as long as they are welcomed.
Often, when we follow Jesus, He gives us only what we need, and not everything that we want. Our culture of plenty convinces us that we need so much more. We are bombarded by messages telling us that, in fact, we deserve so much more. When we focus on what we think we need to accomplish God’s plans for us, or wait until we have everything we want before we are ready to serve Him, we lose the beautiful simplicity of doing ministry Jesus’ way. While we may not always have an abundance, as we are on mission with Christ, we always have exactly what we need. And we can infinitely trust the Provider on the journey.
Ask God to help you with any self-centeredness. Ask Him to supply exactly what you need to do the work of His Kingdom.
- Why do you think Jesus chooses this time to send out the twelve disciples? What has prepared them to do what He is commissioning them to do?
- Do you feel equipped to go out on your own, teaching and ministering in the name of Jesus? If not, what do you need to further prepare you?
- Pray that God will show you where He wants you to serve and provide you with exactly what you need to accomplish His purpose.