6 Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. 8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
I see Jesus giving His followers a mission, the mission to share Him with those that did not know Him. I see that they were to give themselves so completely to this mission that they couldn’t even provide for their daily needs apart from it. And I see that they did so.
I understand that this same mission has been given to all His followers today, including me. I also understand that I am rarely as intentional in this mission as these disciples were. I will change this by interacting with the people I encounter at the gym. Instead of avoiding or ignoring them as I usually do, I will look them in the face, greet them, and engage them in conversation in the hope that I can ultimately share Jesus with them.
Doug McCoy, Pastor
First Christian Church – Pleasant Hill