Mission Trekking Two by Two
Updated: Mar 26
Verses 9-10 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts—no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.
Some of the first things we do when we are going on a journey is to save our money and pack our suitcases. We make sure we are prepared for what may come up. We plan how much it will cost for the plane fare, gas for the car, hotels, meals and then some extra cash just in case an emergency of some kind comes up, like a flat tire.
Today we look at more of the instructions Jesus was giving His disciples for the short missionary trek He was sending them on. He told His disciples that when they went on this practice mission they were not to take any money or clothes with them. They weren't even to plan for housing but look for someone who was worthy and ask if they could stay with them.
Remember that Jesus didn't own a house so they had likely seen this way of traveling done by Jesus many times and we know that at least Peter had hosted Jesus in the past. But it is one thing to host the Master and quite another to be the one asking for the room so that you can teach and heal the sick. Jesus further reminds them that not everyone is going to be inviting. When someone didn't want to host or listen to the message the disciples were not to force it on them but instead were to shake off the dust of that town or home from their sandals which symbolized that place rejected Jesus, the Christ.
There will be times that people reject us on our mission to tell them about Christ and we need to remember that there will be those in our lives that just don't want to hear the truth and repent. Although it may break our hearts we should not become discouraged in our witnessing. It isn't our job to change them. We present the truth of the message but the Holy Spirit does the actual work. We are only called to obey Jesus and follow Him on the journey in the way of the cross. They rejected Him and some will reject us too.
Making it personal
Rejection is never pleasant to deal with but does it comfort you to remember that they aren't rejecting you, but are rejecting Jesus? Have you ever shared about Jesus and been shot down? How did you react? Remember that our actions reflect Jesus when we are His followers.
Making it personal kids
Pour a 1/2 - full cup of water into a bowl. Now pour (or have mommy or daddy pour) a few drops of vegetable oil into the water. Notice they don't want to blend together? Try gently stirring them. They don't like to mix, do they? Just as the water rejects the oil, there are people who reject allowing Jesus to come into their lives.
Father, when people reject the message we share help us remember that they are really rejecting You. May we reflect You everywhere we go. In Jesus' name, amen.