The Sending of the Twelve

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Matthew 10:5-7 Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”

Jesus’ twelve closest friends didn’t begin adulthood with the understanding that they would be invited to deliver a message that would literally transform the world. They had been passed over by the most educated scholars of their day. They would’ve been told things like, “Sorry, but you just don’t have what it takes to continue your education. Your test scores just aren’t quite good enough.” So they took on a career as fisherman, tax collectors, accountants, or some other role.

Then this Rabbi (teacher) named Jesus shows up and invites them to follow Him. After beginning a career in something else, this teacher says, “I see something remarkable in you. I will show you that are more than good enough, you were made for this.”

They were entering into unknown territory. But with a Rabbi believing the best of them, they accepted His invitation.

READING & PRAYERS:

     MATTHEW 10:1-8 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: What are some ways in which you have been passed over or told you’re not quite good enough for something? How does it make you feel that the God of the universe invites you to follow Him? 

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Spend a few moments in prayer asking God to reveal to you something He may be inviting you to do today (or this week). Write down what it is, and begin to live it out. 

Take a Step: This week, continue to utilize the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily to begin practicing being with God and resting in His presence. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices. See pauseapp.com for details.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I am grateful for the reminder that Jesus was most impressed with unimpressive people. Continue to reveal to me the joy and wonder you have instilled deep within me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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