Take nothing for your journey

visiting friends in North Delhi a couple years ago

 Luke 9:3. NIV And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.

 Luke 10:1-9 NIV. After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. Luke 22:35 NIV

  1. What do we learn about God from these passages?
  2. What do we learn about people?
  3. What stands out to you today?
  4. Who can you share this with?

So, let’s go into the neighborhood and let people welcome us! Let’s notice who starts a conversation with us on the road? Jesus has so much wisdom and the disciples experienced His provision as they went. This is also how we can enter into other cultures by eating whatever they give us and letting them invite us in, then finding out if we can share a story about Jesus with them.

It’s important for us to receive in any relationship and not just try to give. Receiving can actually open the door for a deeper relationship. Let’s try it after all, the disciples said they lacked nothing when they tried it!

I found these thoughts on a website called Bible Hub:

I would say that Jesus gave this instruction to them for three reasons: 1) to increase their faith in God's provision for them, as well as their reliance on Him; 2) so that they would not be unduly burdened or weighed down in their travels, in order to be able to travel as rapidly and widely as possible in their missionary work (as well as to flee persecution quickly if it arose); and 3) in anticipation of the support of those to whom they would bring the gospel message for things such as lodging, food, and even clothing. (As Jesus indicated in the parallel passage to this in Matthew's gospel (Matthew 10:5-23), the worker is worthy of his wages (that is, deserves to be compensated for his work.))

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