Jesus was trying to prepare his disciples for the things to come. He wasted little time training them to preach and to minister. The important lessons to teach them were the lessons of dependence and authority. When he sent them out, he told them to only take themselves and their clothes on their backs—God would provide the rest. He also told them to do what they have seen him do—so they spoke the message of hope and healed the sick, freed the oppressed and ministered to those in need. As they traveled, they traveled with God’s protection, provision and authority.
As his chosen, we walk with the same protection, provision and authority that they possessed. He calls us, like the original disciples to carry on his ministry. A ministry of sharing hope, speaking truth and meeting needs. As we are going, we are to make disciples. We are to simply do life, but, with him as the focus. When he is the focus, ministry happens. Lives are changed and we enjoy peace in the midst of life’s chaos. We need only submit to his leadership and follow him and he will do the rest. Help me, Lord to humbly follow you.
God Bless You
Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.