I still feel a little vulnerable as a Christian. But having said that, I no longer make any attempt to play down the fact that I am writing a daily devotional on Facebook! The idea that as disciples of Jesus, we should go out to all the towns and preach the Good News is quite daunting. But to do it with no money, no spare clothes or personal stuff and to keep no company except that of your partner in Christ when travelling, seems unnecessarily harsh. But Jesus is never unnecessarily harsh, so what can it mean to me today? I think it’s quite simple. If you are going to be a disciple who is effective then you have to be totally committed. Don’t let any worldly worries weigh you down or get in the way. If you worry about money you will never leave, if you take to much stuff you will collapse under the weight of your pack and if you stop to chat on the road you’ll get distracted and arrive everywhere late and tired.
Luke 10:1-9 NLT
The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road. “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you. Don’t move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay. “If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’
Jesus instructed the disciples to bless every home they stayed in with God’s peace and leave it up to the people who lived there to decide whether to accept it or not. He told the disciples to stay in one place, eating and drinking whatever they provide. I think this just meant they should not rush about. They should take the time to get to know those who took them in and fed them. The time spent building trust and friendship would demonstrate Jesus’s way far more powerfully than just preaching alone. My Goal is to stay put for a while, developing the relationships that have formed in the church I have become a part of. The people there have fed me spiritually and physically in good times and bad, and the blessings of peace and faith they have lavished upon me will carry me on my journey in faith for many many years to come.
Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30, Luke 9:51-10:12, Psalms 74:1-23, Proverbs 12:11