Jesus instructions..

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.” 

Mark 6:8-11

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my insights on the above gospel.

Simplicity. Obedience. Discernment . These are the three things I believe is what is contained in the above instructions of Christ to his disciples when the sending off  took place. These instructions are also meant for us as we begin to follow Jesus. Following Jesus meant not only saving your soul but also saving the souls of others by introducing Jesus to them. We were called not only for ourselves but so that we may part ourselves to others so that they may hear God’s calling. 

Simplicity. We found simplicity in this material world when we make Jesus the center of our life. Complexities in life was brought about by the mundane things this world offers. If material wealth, and earthly things are the focus of our lives, then we can not say Jesus is the center of our lives because from the perspective of God, life is simple. It’s simple as saying “Yes” to God everyday. Trusting Him that “Yes” His will shall prevail. Be a simple soul who trusts in the perfect wisdom of God. 

Discernment. In our gospel-spreading activities, we would encounter, people who are not keen to accepting the word of God (yet or not at all) we share with them. Sometimes, these are the people who are close to us like our family,  our friends,  people we know and knew us. We share them first the good news of the Lord because they are close to our hearts and we love them. But most oftentimes, we are rejected or taken for granted. As followers of Christ, we can not convince these people and become too pushy with them to accept and listen to the word of God. We can only proclaim them the truth about God’s word. Those who did not care, we just to have lift them up to God. 

Obedience. At some point in our lives upon knowing Christ,  we have to step out and do what God has called us to do. Probably to start a ministry, to invite some lost souls, to learn more about Jesus and share the learnings to others, to give and assist poor individuals. Just go, follow your calling, it’s a leap of faith. God Be With You. 

Wise as serpents and harmless as doves..

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

You will be brought to trial before rulers and kings because of me  and so you may witness to them and the  pagans. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what you are to say or how to say it.  When the hour comes, you will be given what you are to  say, for it is not you who will speak, but it will be the Spirit of your Father in you.” 

Matthew 10: 16, 18-20

Peace and good to all.

If my share my thoughts on the above gospel.

The gospel is about Jesus warning and description on what is to happen to the messengers of the word of God. 

In verse 16, Jesus uses a figure of speech to describe how should Christ messenger act when send-off in a hostile world to spread the Gospel takes place. Jesus teaches us, his followers, on how to protect ourselves in  continuing to spread His word  in a world full of hostilities, a world intentionally made hostile by the enemy for those who spread the gospel of our Lord. 

Jesus said that in our send-off  to spread His word, we are like sheep among the wolves, hungry wolves ready to devour our flesh. These are the wolves who see our gospel-spreading activities as threats to their lives, to their ambitions, to their status quo. And, Jesus reminded us that we are like sheep among these wolves. Meaning, we cannot use violence against them. 

Hence, Jesus teaches us to use the positive attribute of a snake which is shrewdness or being smart or clever or discerning,  to know the snares set for us by the enemy for us to fall. But Jesus wanted us to be as innocent as the doves too, that is to be Christlike, a gentle one, a harmless one,  in a godless and hostile world.  

Being wise as a snake and gentle as a dove is what Jesus would want His followers to remember when they are out there spreading the good news of the Lord. He wants His followers to be gentle and not too pushy in feeding the message of God to others. He wants us to be gentle in bringing those far from Him into fellowship with Him. He likewise wants us to be smart  in order not to be taken advantage of by the enemy; to be discerning in order not to fall prey on the traps set by the enemy. 

And, remember God’s word is meant to be shared, it will accomplish the purpose in accordance with the will of God.