The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3 And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.[a] 4 And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
From this passage I hear God asking me:
Why do you think he wanted them to travel so light?
Do you think it was simply practical?
Or, was he teaching something deeper?
Are you traveling light enough through your journey?
What about the dust thing?
What do you think it means?
Does it seem like I don’t care about the lost?
So, what then?
How do you balance “shaking the dust off” with doing whatever is necessary to reach one lost soul?
Is there a principle here for your life?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.