Today’s Reading - Matthew 10:1-25
1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority . . . 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: . . . - Matthew 10:1a, 5a
Matthew gives us the most complete description of calling his disciples and sending them out. I realize I’ve only given you parts of two verses so I hope you are able to read the entire reading for the day. Jesus called and sent disciples and before he released them spent what we would consider a long amount of time giving them instructions and warnings. The entirety of scripture teaches us the same authority given to those first twelve is given to us, disciples, Christ-followers. We need to live into the authority given us even though we cannot answer all the questions we might have. The disciples exercised their authority and there were times when what they prayed for happened and there were times of disappointment. And they asked Jesus why. However, they didn’t quit. They continued to do what Jesus gave them authority to do. We should do the same. The instructions given in a way recounted everything Jesus had taught them previously about what would happen because of Him. And he expanded on how the skeptics and authorities would react because of the message they were proclaiming. On most occasions those hearing were very receptive and their lives were changed. On some occasions there were violent reactions and the repercussions were as Jesus has described. However, they didn’t quit. They kept doing what Jesus sent them to do. We should do the same. Following Jesus is not easy but we have great authority as we go and proclaim the good news.
Heavenly Father, go ahead of us as you send us out with the authority to proclaim the message of your Son and see lives transformed into your likeness. Give us boldness and perseverance as we go. Let us understand the authority we have and never abuse or misuse it. We go to offer life and life more abundantly. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.