Last week, our focus was on how disciples of Jesus need to intentionally adopt a posture in which they learn from Him AND how the process of learning is only complete when it is connected to obedience in our actions. The more we learn from Jesus and obey His teaching, the more fruit we will produce for His kingdom.
I encourage you to read Matthew 10:1, 5-15. This is a key passage when it comes to the whole subject of discipleship. It marks a turning point in the lives of Jesus’ earliest disciples.
Until that moment, the disciples had spent most of their time with Jesus. They traveled with Him, served with Him, ate with Him, and even celebrated with Him. In Matthew 10, however, Jesus sent them out in pairs to minister away from Him.
Feel free to share what it is in this story that strikes you.
One thing that strikes me is that Jesus clarifies what we DON’T need when we are serving Him. Jesus equips us with His power and His presence. But verses 9-10 tell us what they did NOT need to carry out His mission.
“Don’t acquire gold, silver, or copper for your money belts. Don’t take a traveling bag for the road, or an extra shirt, sandals, or a staff, for the worker is worthy of his food.”
Does this mean that those of us going to Romania in July should not take a suitcase? I hope not!!
Here is the big truth!! Don’t miss this!! JESUS IS CALLING US TO LET GO OF WHAT MAKES US FEEL SAFE AND COMFORTABLE!! Jesus wants us to rely COMPLETELY on His power and His presence. He wants us to set aside our own thinking, our own ways of doing things – so that we will be free to demonstrate faith in His total provision for our lives.
Following Jesus should force me to rely completely on Him!!
When was the last time you took a leap of faith? What happened?
Love you guys!
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