He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick–no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
I once heard a financial adviser talking about how people need to have a million dollars saved up in order to retire at age 65. We all crave some guarantee on being secure. In today’s scripture, Jesus counters that notion by preaching that we practice a radical faith in God’s protection. Jesus says many things that turn our ways of thinking upside down. Jesus sent his Apostles out to spread the good news with no money and no material guarantees of security. Is He not calling each of us to do the same? And what is the “good news“? Is it not that God loves all people unconditionally and that we should do the same? Jesus never instructs us about amassing material wealth…but cautions us that “you cannot serve God and material wealth” (Matthew 6:24). It’s not really the material wealth in and of itself that is bad…it’s our attachment to it. What attachments (whether they be possessions, relationships, prestige, power, etc.) are standing in the way of us living the good news?
Suggested song of the day– “God Is” on the Give Praise and Thanks album.
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Remember…God loves you!