Reading: Luke 10: 1-11
For most of us, when we wake up in the morning, we know what our day is going to look like. We tend to be creatures of habit, creatures of routine, creatures of schedules and lists. We tolerate interruptions to our day fairly well if we perceive them as something good. Not to say we plan every second, but we do not like the unknown too much and we feel more in control when we plan, organize, and prepare. For as long as mankind has walked the earth, this has been true. Societies like order, law, and norms; this is a reflection of who we are as individuals.
Step into the shoes of one of Jesus’ disciples. He seems to be a wanderer of sorts. He seems to get up every morning and goes where He is led. You wake up in Jericho but may not go to sleep there. The day begins heading toward Bethlehem but you end up in Bethany. At first it was a little uncomfortable and disconcerting just going wherever. But over time you’ve come to see that no matter where you are or who us around, Jesus seems fully in control. You seem to usually get fed and there is almost always a roof over your sleeping spot. Over these months you’ve really come to trust in Him and to rely on Him for, well, for everything.
Then one morning you get up and gather around for the usual morning devotional. You smile because today you see Jesus is leading the devotional time. But today, instead of teaching Jesus gives instructions. He says we are to go out two by two, by ourselves. We are to try and bring His peace into the towns and villages that He will soon come to. We are to preach that the kingdom of God is drawing near. We are to heal the sick. What? Heal the sick? He goes on – take nothing with you. Nothing. Jesus says we are to rely on those we go to for food, shelter… Then He says, “Go!”
Jesus was calling on the disciples to trust Him. He told them that He will still be with them even though He is not physically present with them. Jesus tells them that they can go out and do what He has been doing because He is empowering them to go forth in His name to proclaim the good news and to bring healing to people’s brokenness. Jesus is calling them to trust fully in Him.
What lies ahead for us today? What all is on our to-do list?
Maybe not today because it’s already planned, but one day soon, may we each do what those first disciples did. May we wake up and go out into our communities and neighborhoods, taking nothing but Jesus with us, but fully trusting in Him to lead and provide. May we fully trust in Jesus Christ on that day. It is a start.