When Jesus sent out his disciples to share the good news of the Kingdom of God, he gave them specific instructions and guidance. These instructions can be found in various passages in the Bible, but perhaps the most detailed account is found in Matthew 10:5-16. Let’s take a look at what Jesus told his disciples when he sent them out:
Authority and Purpose
Firstly, Jesus gave his disciples authority over unclean spirits and to heal every disease and affliction. This was to demonstrate the power of God and confirm the message they were sharing (Matthew 10:1).
He then instructed them to go only to the lost sheep of Israel and proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand (Matthew 10:6-7). Their purpose was to bring people into a relationship with God through repentance and faith.
Instructions for Travel
Jesus then provided specific instructions for their travel. He told them not to bring any money, extra clothes or sandals with them (Matthew 10:9-10).
Instead, they were to rely on the hospitality of those they met along the way. They were also warned that they would face opposition and persecution (Matthew 10:16-23).
Attitude Towards Persecution
Jesus encouraged his disciples not to fear those who could kill only their body but rather fear Him who could destroy both body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28). He also promised that those who acknowledged Him before others would be acknowledged by Him before His Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33).
The Importance of Hospitality
Jesus emphasized the importance of hospitality when he instructed his disciples regarding their interactions with those they met. They were to seek out people of peace who would welcome them into their homes (Matthew 10:11-14). If a town or household rejected them, they were to shake the dust off their feet as a testimony against them (Matthew 10:14-15).
In summary, when Jesus sent out his disciples to share the message of the Kingdom of God, he gave them authority to heal and cast out demons. He instructed them to go only to the lost sheep of Israel and rely on hospitality for their provisions.
He warned them of persecution and encouraged them to be bold in their witness. Finally, he emphasized the importance of finding people of peace who would welcome their message.
As we seek to share the good news today, these instructions from Jesus are just as relevant for us as they were for his disciples. May we too be bold in our witness, rely on God’s provision, and look for people who are open to hearing about Jesus.