Have you ever noticed that God really never wants us to sit still in our faith; He always wants us to do something? Sometimes we feel ready for the task He put before us, but there are other times when He is taking us far out of our comfort zones and asking us to do something we never saw ourselves doing. The verses I looked at yesterday challenged us to pray for those who would go out and reach others, but they also challenged us to consider that God is also sending us. Today, I want to take a look at some verses where Jesus was preparing His disciples for something new and required courage. Please read Matthew 10:1-15.
The first thing we are told in Matthew 10:1 is that Jesus gave His twelve disciples authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every disease. This was important because He was sending them prepared. I think this is also an important point to remember. We can know that God is sending us to do something, but we feel completely unprepared; however, God always empowers us to do the work He has called us to do. We can trust that God wouldn't send us to do a job just to watch us fail. When we depend on His power and authority, we can trust His call on our lives.
Notice that after He gave them authority, He gave them instructions. There are some very interesting and distinct points that He made with His disciples for us to remember. First, He gave them a specific message to preach to everyone and was told to heal and to give freely. He reminded them that God would use the people around them to provide for them. He told them that it was okay to accept food and hospitality because they were working and were receiving that provision for their work. He also told them to bless those who open their homes to them.
I think these are good points to remember whether we are out doing what God has called us to do, or if we are on the receiving end of those who are called. It is okay to accept hospitality and we are to extend a blessing on those who provide hospitality. But this is also a good reminder to us to extend hospitality for those who are doing God's work. No matter which part we are playing at different points in our lives, we can also trust that God has given us all that we need in order to do the work. We are reminded of this in 2 Peter 1:3, "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness." He has given us the power to live out our calling.
Do you trust that God has empowered you to do His work?
This post is linked with Thought Provoking Thursday.