Scripture selection: Luke 9:1
“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, and no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.”
In the course of Jesus’ public ministry, the time finally came to send out some of his closest followers to expand his ministry even further. He didn’t do this until he had demonstrated his power and authority over the material and spiritual world. He had calmed storms, cast out demons, healed, and raised the dead. Now, amazingly, it was their turn. So he “gave them power and authority” and sent them on their way.
There is one other very significant thing he did in sending them out. He sent them out empty handed. No bag, no bread, no money, no extra clothes, none of the things we thing so essential to our own daily survival.
Why? They had to travel on faith.
We too are at our strongest, spiritually speaking, when we rely on God’s power and authority rather than our own. Our resources are ultimately no match for the greatest challenges we might face in life.
On the other hand, there is absolutely nothing in heaven or on earth that is comparable to God’s awesome power.
So, in faith, we are sent – just as Jesus followers have been sent through the ages.
We are to share the good news, bring healing and hope, stand boldly against evil, and do the work of the kingdom – with nothing more in hand than God’s power.
Which, of course, is more than enough.