7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
8 These were his instructions: ‘Take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.’
12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed with oil many people who were ill and healed them.
- What does this passage have to say to us:
- Jesus first of all CALLS the twelve to HIMSELF
- Jesus calls us to himself, that is what it means to be a Christian, to come to Jesus, who has chosen us.
- Jesus said “You did not choose me, but I chose you…” John 15:16
- Jesus calls us to himself, so that we may know and experience his tremendous love.
- Being called by Jesus is not about being perfect, or having our lives all perfectly sorted out. Jesus said “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)
- After calling the disciples to himself he then SENDS them out.
- Ours is a SENDING God.
- He doesn’t want Christians huddled together in the warmth and safety of a church building, trying to keep the world with all its problems at bay. He SENDS his disciples out into the world to do three things
- Proclaim the Good news of Jesus
- Heal the sick
- Cast out demons
- It’s the same task God calls us to today. He sends us out to change the world to bring transformation and change to the world through the establishing of God’s kingdom.
- He doesn’t send one or two of the disciples, the most promising ones, the ones who did best in their religious studies exam, he sends ALL of them out, all twelve – including James and John the sons of Thunder, include Peter who would deny Jesus, including Thomas who would doubt the resurrection, and even Judas who would betray Jesus.
- If God can use people like them, then he can use someone like you and me. We often think our lack of experience or training is a bar in being used by God, it’s not. What matters is our willingness & availability to be sent.
- WE are the people Jesus has CALLED, are the ones he is SENDING out – to tell others about Jesus, to heal the sick, and cast out demons, to bring transformation and change to the world.
- When Isaiah had a vision of God, he heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ Isaiah’s response was ‘Here I am, send me!’ What is your response?
- Jesus CALLS us to himself, in order that we may be SENT into the world.
- Jesus calls us: o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea; day by day his sweet voice soundeth saying, “Christian, follow me.”
- Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store, from each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more.”
- In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease, still he calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these.”
- Jesus calls us: by thy mercies, Saviour, may we hear thy call, give our hearts to thy obedience, serve and love thee best of all.