Jesus said to his Apostles:
“As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;
no sack for the journey, or a second tunic,
or sandals, or walking stick.
The laborer deserves his keep.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it,
and stay there until you leave.
As you enter a house, wish it peace.
If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it;
if not, let your peace return to you.
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words
go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.
Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment
than for that town.” Mt 10:7-15
What amazing faith it must have took to follow this order from Jesus. Go out into the world, walk into these unknown to you cities, and don’t take anything with you. Honestly, how many of us today would really hear these instructions, and not look slightly cross at the person who was giving them? Even more importantly, how many times have this very instruction been given to us by the Holy Spirit and we either couldn’t accept it or ignored it completely?
The individuals he was sending out before Him all had free will. They had the same free will that both you and I have at this very moment. It really boils down to how strong our relationship with God really is, whether we are able to let everything go and follow the instructions that He is trying to send to us. Being willing to accept the fact that He will not have us jump off a cliff without the proper parachute, that is something that we have to reconcile on our end. It is easy enough for me to put into words, but putting it into practice consistently, that is a harder task.
Lord, today, I am asking that you help me for understand the messages that you are sending my way. I ask that with your Grace, you give me the wisdom to understand the direction that I am supposed to be going in, in all matters of the journey I am on. Amen.