It is difficult to grasp the enormity of what Jesus accomplished when He sent out the apostles to minister. Remember, Jesus came to do several things. He came to give folks a clearer picture of God– His heart, and His desire to have a personal relationship with people. He also came to demonstrate the difference between being religious and being in relationship with God. Finally, He came to redeem our souls through His sacrifice and resurrection.
Today’s passage was His first real demonstration of God’s desire to make the relationship personal. Jesus sent out the 12 to do what he had been doing. The message to His guys was simple, “Go do what I am doing and do not take anything with you. Let the people provide; and, if the reject you, shake the dust from your sandals. Jesus wanted His disciples to know they were being prepared for something great.
As they traveled through the countryside, they were healing and changing the world. It was a miracle; it was a confirmation that Jesus was and is who He said He was. Not only was He saving and changing lives, those that He appointed were also doing the same.
As His chosen, we are called to do the same. We are told to go and make disciples of all nations. We are told to be Christ’s ambassadors. We are told to be content with our lives and know that we can do all things through Christ–who is faithful to supply all our needs. Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:20, Philippians 4:11-13. 19. In short, we are to walk and live by faith as Christ and His disciples also lived. We are to walk without fear. We are to pray, seek and trust God to use us as He sees fit. We are also to live in a way that is confident in His plan and His desire to prepare, protect, and provide for our needs.
He has been teaching His chosen that for millennia!
God Bless You
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.