When the twelve were sent out to be the next generation of missionaries, they knew they were weak and had no expectation of any advantages other than to obey Christ and depend on Him. So their task was not to amuse people regarding curious matters but rather for those who were listening, they were called to repent of their sins and turn to God. They took nothing for the journey except hope that they could turn many from darkness to God and to heal souls by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When you think about it, the gospel is the most offensive news one can bring – albeit, we know it to be sweet, true and hope-filled. Our message – your only hope is in one message and one Man, no other. No need to wonder why the world scoffs and screams at Christianity.
Can you imagine the call to preach – to herald publicly, to towns and villages – the Kingdom of God, a place where you can come into the very sphere where God rules. A Kingdom of blessing, promise, hope, deliverance and salvation.
Maybe because people have so much cultural and material power, we need to find more ways to intentionally dis-empower ourselves if there is going to be any hope of true partnership in mission. Uncover our assumptions, take on the role of servants and learners and willing to rethink the whole way of doing mission. We too need to be willing to repent, to make mistakes, and to risk. By doing so we might experience a true partnership in mission by which the kingdom of God can grow.
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
It might mean we must have little so that our little can be a witness to the power of His name. He will give us power to heal, have empathy for the sick, power to cast out demons, love the sinner, endure pain and rejoice that they might give hope to others.
These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. – Mark 6:8-9