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One of the most difficult things that a leader and teacher has to do–is to let go and allow them do the work on their own.  Jesus called the disciples together, one day to do that very thing.  These were, after all, the men that were going to build the church.  He needed them to see that they were following more than a radical teacher. He wanted them to realize they were following Almighty God. So, Jesus empowered each of them to do what He had been doing–heal the sick, cast out demons, clean lepers and if necessary–raise the dead.

He gave them specific instructions–they were to focus on the people of Israel, not the Gentiles or Samaritans. They were to encourage the people by letting them know The Messiah had indeed come. They were to trust God; not only for the ability to carry out the mission, but, also for what they needed while on the mission.  They were not allowed to take money, spare clothes or food.  They had to step out in faith and watch God provide, protect and prepare them.

In our lives, like the disciples, we are called to spread the Gospel. God will equip us to do the job for which we have been called.  We have to trust Him for the power to do the job. (Hebrews 13:21) He will also provide for your every need–(Phil 4:19). That is why we need not fear the journey, nor try to avoid executing his plan. We were saved to be God’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). Jesus knew then and knows now that our faith is one that gives back–not one that simply absorbs blessing! 

God Bless you

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts—10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.