You Are the Modern Missionaries – Matthew 10 – By Ty Tamasaka

You Are the Modern Missionaries – Matthew 10 – By Ty Tamasaka

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“9 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”  Matthew 10:9-15 NIV

As we continue to learn about the first missionaries, we see Jesus giving some very important lessons to those He sent out – which by the way… includes you and me.

1 – Expect God to meet your needs.

“9 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.”  Matthew 10:9-10 NIV

This sounds like an easy instruction to abide by, but is it really?  The early apostles took nothing on their journey.  Jesus charged nothing for His ministry.  He expected His apostles also to charge nothing.  As the apostles ministered to people, served them, healed them, and performed the miraculous among them, and raised the dead, surely someone would invite them over for dinner.  When people were blessed, touched, and encouraged, they would want to be a blessing and offer hospitality.    The apostles were instructed to expect God to provide for them through the inspired hospitality of others.    

2 – Be content where you are. 

“11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.” Matthew 10:11-13 NIV

The search for “some worthy person” implied the disciples were not to shop around for the most comfortable living quarters.  They were to find a quarters to stay at and remain there until it was time to leave.  They weren’t to occupy their time looking for better living arrangements or a better deal.

How many believers today are not content where they are at?  How many good intentioned Jesus followers place less focus on fulfilling the ministry God has given them, and more focus on finding a bigger, better house?  Jesus wanted to guard the early apostles from losing their focus.  “Don’t try to move around and move up,” Jesus taught.  Go into the home that is provided for you and stay there until you leave the city.   

3 – Heal quickly.

“14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”  Matthew 10:14-15 NIV

In Jesus’ day, when Jews would accidentally or unavoidably walk across Gentile territory, they would shake the dust off their feet when they got back onto Jewish soil.  Anyone watching them shake the dust off their feet would know what they were doing.  It was a common practice then to shake off the defilement of the Gentile dirt.

This is what Jesus was speaking of when He said to His apostles, “14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”   It was like sending a message to the ones who rejected them.  “You are lost, just like you think the Gentiles are.”  It was communicating, “We came preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God to you, but if you reject it, you bring judgment upon yourself.”

They were to shake the dust from their feet and move on.  Seek others to whom you can proclaim the Kingdom of God.  This is a practice that I believe too many believers are missing today.  When we share the good news of the Kingdom of God and people reject it, we feel rejected, embarrassed, discouraged, and dis-heartened.  Maybe we need to remember the words of Jesus.  “Shake the dust off your feet.”  Then get up and move along.  Don’t get taken off track.  Heal quickly.  You don’t have time to lick your wounds.  The work of getting out the message of the Gospel is far too important to be sidelined from.  Heal quickly.  Get back to work.

Lord Jesus empower me to be a part of Your army to take the Gospel across the street and across the ocean.  Lord I struggle at times in trusting You to meet my needs.  I believe Lord.  Help my unbelief.  My heart also tends to become discontent.  Lord help me re-focus my eyes on Your Kingdom over mine and grant me courage to press on despite my insecurities and frailties.  Empower me to heal quickly so I can take Your message into a world in desperate need of Your grace.  In the awesome name of Jesus Christ, amen.        

Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry  He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.    

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