“The Disciples First Mission Trip”
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.
I imagine most of you reading this are familiar with this account. The mission trip was my thinking as I was doing morning devotions. I also had the following thoughts.
The disciples had directions as to who they would contact. Their contacts, the Jewish people. They were told not to go any Gentile.
Another thing I thought of, is this is one of the few times in scripture that Jesus sends off His disciples by themselves. He was preparing the disciples to be on their own.
Something else I was reminded of as I read this account again was that they were to rely on the Lord God. They were not to take provisions but go to someone’s house and stay with them. If the people welcomed the disciples, well praise the Lord. If not, they were to shake the dust off their feet and move on from that house to another that would welcome them.
As I read this I thought of how missionaries prepare the best they can for their mission and then trust the Lord God for the rest of their provisions.
Jesus also tells them they will be arrested and flogged and imprisoned. When they are in prison, the Lord says that He will give them the words they are to say, the scriptures they are to share.
The Lord Jesus does not paint a wonderful glowing picture of mission work. Mission work can be difficult, it can be discouraging and the Lord Jesus encourages the disciples and us as we go into the world for him.
Don’t worry, be trusting. Any work that we do for the Lord Jesus is a worthy work done for His Honor and glory.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;