Wednesday, June 28, 2023
"Whenever you enter someone's home, first say, 'May God's peace be on this house.' If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you. Don't move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don't hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay."
These specific commands about going out to reach the people of Israel are interesting, but they are more than just a novelty from a time and place and purpose that were long ago and far away. These commands are a great reminder that our outreach efforts begin with a dependence on God to do what he has promised.  We must trust him and not our own cunning and ingenuity. Nevertheless, we should still seek the help of other people. They may be God's way of fulfilling his promise. Things won't get done without the grace of God and the partnership of people who feel a call to his word and his work.
Father, I know you are trying to help me realize that I can't live this Christian life alone. I need your power and good health to be what you want me to be. I also need the help of your people to fulfill your plans in me. Please give me the patience to trust in your timing. In Jesus' name. Amen.
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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