A Thought for Today January 14, 2020

“The Disciples First Mission Trip”
 
Many of you reading this have been on mission trips. Lots of us enjoy going on these trips. And most of the trips have some downtime when we can go sightseeing and such. And most of the mission trips we go on are relatively safe.
 
I invite you to read about the disciple’s first mission trip. Please look for differences between their mission trips and some of the ones we have been on.
 
Please read the following verses.
Matthew 10:1-20
1 He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.
7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
9 Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; 10 take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.
11 “Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave.
12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.
15 I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
17 “Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues.
18 On my account, you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
 
Did you see any differences?
I believe this trip is much more unsettling than the ones we go on.
The disciples are given miracle-working power and they use it.
They are told to only minister to the Jewish people.
They are to leave the places that do not want to hear their God-given message.
They are told about the danger of their trip, that they could be arrested.
 
And they are told not to worry what to say to the arresting officers, that the Lord God Himself will give them the words to say.
I wonder what the disciples thought when they heard these conditions.
I have already agreed to do something and when I am told what I might be facing, I wonder why in the world did I agree to do this.
I wonder if the disciples had any such thoughts.
 
We read later, that their mission went well. It seems like they were excited about the trip they had taken.
 
We may not know what the disciples thought as they followed the Lord’s orders, but we know they did follow the Lord.
 
I pray the same can be said of us; that people who know us can see and know from our lifestyles that we follow the Lord.
 
Be Blest, Be a Blessing

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