"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 NLT
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!
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.
Related Scripture Readings
- 1 Timothy 5:17-18
- Mark 12:38-40
About This Devotional
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.
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