By: Steve Countryman
Luke 9:1-6 1When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
Once you are “born-again” you start a journey that is unlike anything that the world knows. It’s a journey that begins as your Christian or Christ-like walk and finishes when you graduate into heaven. This journey is one of faith, trust and obedience. Where “leaning on your own understanding” is not allowed with you on your journey. This journey is guaranteed to be anything but boring. This journey will require you to leave your comfort zones behind. You are required to bring with you determination and commitment. Compromising, quitting, giving up, stopping and giving in are not options!
If you noticed, Jesus didn’t ask for volunteers for this journey. Jesus didn’t take a vote to see who thought it was a “good idea”. He didn’t ask for a check off sheet of equipment and supplies to take with them. On the contrary, His instructions were very specific… “Take nothing for the journey”! There is one main reason why Jesus said this; Jesus didn’t want them burdened down with their supplies, cares and worries. He didn’t want them to lean on their own understanding but to have faith and trust in Him. For them to trust in Jesus to supply ALL of their needs everywhere they went.
Their needs consisted of ALL the things that Jesus wanted them to have. Not just for their daily physical needs but also their daily spiritual needs! Jesus supplied their housing, food, clean clothes, protection, travel, itinerary, places to preach and people to heal and deliver. Most importantly Jesus supplied their power and authority that they would need. Their journey was nothing that they could’ve planned or prepared for on their own. Their journey was totally orchestrated and arranged by Jesus. It ALL centered around and through Him!
Mark 16:15-18 15He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
Your journey is what God has planned for you to do on your way to fulfilling the destiny that He has for you. John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” “Abundantly” means here on earth now. Jesus provided that abundance for you to enjoy while on your journey.
Your journey will have pitfalls, detours, chuckholes, ups and downs, dangerous paths and perfect sailing. Your goal is to stick to God’s path. ANY deviation from His path will ALWAYS cause you pain. To know and understand what God’s path looks like you must first find out who God is. Not just to know about Him but to learn of Him. His ways, His Word, His Son Jesus, His Holy Spirit and His plan for you!
Satan’s plan is to derail you from God’s path and delay your destiny. Distractions, temptations, sinfulness, along with your mistakes, faults and flaws are at his disposal. He will use your past, your friends, your family, your co-workers, your old desires and those you hate to trip you and derail you from God’s path. Sickness, disease and financial woes are some of the tools he uses. Satan looks for the imperfections that he can use against you.
Distractions are the easiest way to delay God’s destiny for your life. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are so obvious that they are hidden in plain sight. One of them is something that you see everyday but don’t think twice about. It is so common because it has become part of our daily lives…our cell phones.
Cell phones are a great excuse to help you avoid getting involved with people. You don’t have to care about anyone next to you on the bus or train. Small talk or casual conversations have become a lost art. Even texting is preferred over talking to someone on the phone. It removes two-way conversations and replaces it with abbreviated words and misunderstandings. Don’t forget to check your e-mails and play games on your phone. It’s like having a sign around your neck that says “leave me alone”. I’m too busy with all of my phone activities to be bothered. Amazing how we all survived before cell phones were used.
Cell phones are not evil but like anything else if it controls your time, your routine, your mood and your decisions then it has become your god! Don’t let your phone dictate how to live your life. Don’t let your phone cause you to miss God’s destiny for your life! It’s an easy distraction to get caught up in. Don’t forget that you are here to influence your surroundings for His kingdom everyday.
Your journey cannot be put on hold. It cannot be set aside or forgotten about. Your journey is part of who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you. It’s a learning process that all practicing Christians must go through. Your journey will take you higher in God’s will and deeper in His love. It will allow the Holy Spirit to mold and shape you as He changes you from glory to glory. You will experience the miraculous and the impossible made possible as you witness the wonder of God’s awesome power.
For your journey to be successful you must first have faith in God and His ability to lead and guide you through His Holy Spirit. You must trust His Word and trust in Him to provide all of your needs “according to His riches in glory”. And you must be obedient and responsive to His voice. For your journey isn’t about where you’ve been but where God will take you!
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