Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This week's lesson (July 23-29): Jesus on community outreach

[Jesus] called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. . . . "Do not take any gold or silver or copper in your belts," [he told them]; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep." -- Matthew 10:1, 9f (NIV).
So how much do you need for the trip?

Once upon a time, I would have said, "everything" -- and I would have packed accordingly.

Two or three suitcases.

A couple of duffle bags.

A box of emergency supplies.

And all this, just for a weekend with friends!

Likewise, any call to follow Jesus can lead believers to "load up" with all the things we think we need
in order to do so.

Like seminars -- gotta grab some training seminars.

And study committees -- can't have too many study committees.

Now add the books, the manuals, the DVDs, and all the other impedimenta that just might come in handy someday, and . . .

Well, it's a wonder that anything ever gets done!

Perhaps that's why Jesus sends out his disciples the way he does -- in fact, it reminds me of the time I spent a week in New Zealand with nothing more than the clothes on my back and the contents of a very small gym-bag.

For just like me, those disciples discover something: they discover they don't need as much as they think they do.

Yes, they already have everything they need to follow Jesus.

The same as you.

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