What Jesus Did! 'Take Nothing/Everything' — Matthew 10:8-10

Sunday, April 30, 2017

"Heal sick people. Give dead people life again. Heal those people that have leprosy. Force demons to leave people. I give you these powers freely. So help other people freely. Don't carry any money with you—gold or silver or copper. Don't carry a bag. Take for your trip only the clothes and shoes you are wearing. Don't take a walking stick. A worker should be given the things he needs."
— Matthew 10:8-10
Illustration of Matthew 10:8-10 —  Take for your trip only the clothes and shoes you are wearing.

Key Thought

Jesus gave his disciples authority! This is not just power; it is also authority to use that power. But they must constantly realize that this authority does not rest in themselves, but in the one from whom they received it. Not only that, they are not to use this authority for their own privilege but to bless others. In fact, Jesus gave them everything freely, so they must share with others as he has done with them. So Jesus sends his apostles out on a missionary journey without even the most basic elements of a traveler—no money, no luggage, no change of clothes, and no extra. They are to depend upon those they serve and upon God to provide. This missionary journey must be accomplished and soon! No time for encumbering equipment or pretense. The authority and provision come from the Lord!

Today's Prayer

Generous and Faithful Father, thank you for your provision of grace, food, protection, and capability. I recognize that the significance of my ministry lies not in me, nor in my ability, but in your providential grace and power. To you goes all the glory for any good that I have done or ever will do. You are my inspiration, power, motivation, and hero. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus gave these twelve apostles some orders. Then he sent them {to tell people about the kingdom}. Jesus said, "Don't go to the non-Jewish people. And don't go into any town where the Samaritans live. But go to the people of Israel (the Jews). They are like sheep that are lost. When you go, tell them this: 'The kingdom of heaven is coming soon.' Heal sick people. Give dead people life again. Heal those people that have leprosy. Force demons to leave people. I give you these powers freely. So help other people freely. Don't carry any money with you—gold or silver or copper. Don't carry a bag. Take for your trip only the clothes and shoes you are wearing. Don't take a walking stick. A worker should be given the things he needs. "When you enter a city or town, find some worthy person there and stay in his home until you leave. When you enter that home say, 'Peace be with you.' If the people in that home welcome you, then they are worthy of your peace. May they have the peace you wished them. But if the people don't welcome you, then they are not worthy of your peace. Take back the peace you wished for them. And if a home or town refuses to welcome you or listen to you, then leave that place. Shake their dust off your feet. I tell you the truth. On the judgment day it will be worse for that town than for the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. "Listen! I am sending you, and you will be like sheep among wolves. So be smart like snakes. But also be like doves and do nothing wrong. Be careful of people. They will arrest you and take you to be judged. They will whip you in their synagogues. You will be taken to stand before governors and kings. People will do this to you because of me. You will tell about me to those kings and governors and to the non-Jewish people. When you are arrested, don't worry about what to say or how you should say it. At that time you will be given the things to say. It will not really be you speaking. The Spirit of your Father will be speaking throughyou. "Brothers will turn against their own brothers and give them to be killed. Fathers will turn against their own children and give them to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and will send their parents to be killed. All people will hate you because you follow me. But the person that continues strong until the end will be saved. When you are treated badly in one city, go to another city. I tell you the truth. You will not finish going to all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes again. "A student is not better than his teacher. A servant is not better than his master. A student should be satisfied to become like his teacher. A servant should be satisfied to become like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul (the devil), then the other members of the family will be called worse names!

Matthew 10:5-25

Related Scripture Readings

The elders who lead the church in a good way should receive double honor. This is especially true for those elders who do the work of counseling and teaching. Why? Because the Scriptures say, "When a work animal is doing the work of separating grain, don't cover its mouth {and stop it from eating the grain}." And the Scriptures also say, "A worker should be given his pay."

1 Timothy 5:17-18

Jesus continued teaching. Jesus said, "Be careful of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around wearing clothes that look important. And they love for people to show respect to them in the market places. They love to get the most important seats in the synagogues. And they love to get the most important seats at the feasts. They are mean to widows and steal their homes. Then they try to make themselves look good by saying long prayers. God will punish them very much."

Mark 12:38-40

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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