Sometimes we overcomplicate things because we feel the need to leverage control in situations. Reliance on our own wit, strength, connections, and abilities can get us into trouble.
When we focus on what we bring to the table, we lose sight of the real source of all strength–Jesus. This can lead to all kinds of personal disasters.
There’s nothing we can bring to the table that Christ hasn’t already covered.
In Mark 6, Jesus sends out His twelve disciples in pairs to go into different villages and preach. There’s great significance in the instructions He gives and the way he divides up the disciples into smaller groups.
His purposeful instructions are designed to help the disciples lean into faith in Him, instead of their own resources.
“Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. These were his instructions: ‘Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.’ They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.”
(Mark 6:6-12 NIV)
When I read this I take away some important points.
- Jesus sent out pairs so the group didn’t rely on its own size and strength.
- By telling them to take nothing, they had to rely on what God would provide.
- When they went, they performed miracles and preached without the distraction of the stuff they’d brought with them.
- Pairs are more intimate and the prayer and preparation were likely more focused.
- They were instructed not to linger in a place that didn’t welcome them so they could move on to places they would be welcome.
When I think about my own life, this passage from the Bible helps me understand that by relying on my own ability and resources, I miss out. The opportunity to strengthen my faith muscle is lost when I have too much confidence in myself.
When people reject me or my attempts to share His love, I need not feel hurt. I must pray and move on. God doesn’t want us to get caught up in rejection, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy.
His wisdom, His sacrifice, His provision, His grace–they are all enough. He is enough. His perfect love covers me and fills in the places where I fall short.
I challenge you to take a Mark 6 mentality in living your life of faith. As you work, play, and develop your relationships, how will you rely on Jesus?
Pray with me.
Thank You, Jesus. Be with me and guide me. You are enough. AMEN.
Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.