By Joanna Figley
How would you like to be sent out by Jesus to preach and cast out demons? That is what is happening in Mark 6. The disciples had front row seats – watching Jesus heal the sick, win the fight with demonic forces and give out the good news. Now it was their turn.
Jesus gave them a few directions. Don’t take anything extra for your journey. It was basically take the clothes on your back and sandals on your feet. Don’t put money in your belts or even 2 tunics. It was time for the 12 to learn to depend upon their mighty Father.
I don’t know what kind of packer you are – but I’m the type who throws everything in “just in case.” My luggage can tip the scales at the airport so I need to rearrange before getting charged extra. What a challenge it would be to just take one outfit and one pair of shoes. Fortunately the disciples did not need their make-up bag.
Not only were they told to go but Jesus gave them authority and power over the demons. The disciples had seen Jesus’ power time and time again. It was not new to them. But now the Master would be with them – they would need to have faith to believe for themselves.
The final instruction had to do with their reception in the community. If they were received – stay and preach. If the community refused to listen – leave but shake the dust off your feet – for a testimony against them. Jesus says a chilling thing here – “Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the judgment day than for that town.”
Wow! The disciples had big responsibility there. So off they went 2 by 2 – preaching that men should repent, driving out evil spirits and anointing many with oil for healing – just like Jesus!
We see their excitement as they reported back about all the miracles and the reception they had received. They were overwhelmed with joy and exhausted.
So how about you and me? When was the last time you were overwhelmed with joy because of what God had accomplished through you? Since we are Jesus’ “chosen ones” – I hope we each have regular time of such celebration!
I have a large team of godly women serving around me. Each serves in different ways. Our intercessors are full of praise and usher us into the very throne room. Our requests become so small before our Great God. These weekly prayer times can take my breath away.
Our Deborah’s Daughters leaders spend a year discipling a small group of women. These shepherds reflect the heart of Jesus. One woman struggles in her marriage, another has had it at work, another cries over her wayward child – these shepherds bear up with their women offering comfort and encouragement.
I stand amazed at what these ladies are able to accomplish by God’s empowerment. I am so thankful to be in a ministry where good reports are often coming in. I would have loved to attend that 1st meeting of the disciples reporting good thinks to Jesus. How profound their joy must have been to actually do what Jesus was doing! Listen brothers and sisters – the good news is that we can too!