And He summoned the twelve and began to send them
out in pairs, and gave them authority over the
8 and He instructed them
that they should take nothing for their journey,
except a mere staff--no bread, no bag, no money in
9 but to wear sandals; and
He added, "Do not put on two tunics."
10 And He said to them,
"Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you
11 "Any place that does
not receive you or listen to you, as you go out
from there, shake the dust off the soles of your
feet for a testimony against them."
12 They went out and
preached that men should repent.
13 And they were casting
out many demons and were anointing with oil many
sick people and healing them.
is the Word of the Lord ... It is meant to
change the way that we think, and the way that
by Bob Pardue
Start a Ministry
I remember way back when I
worked in an outside sales job. Much of the time I
had to work alone but from time to time we would
pair up and two people would go out together.
This made the job a bit
easier because we could talk in between calls,
encourage each other when we failed which allowed
us more tolerance for rejection.
Jesus knew this so He divided
the disciples into pairs for strength and courage.
Although these things come from God, He gives us
each other to lean on when needed.
I have Christian friends that
I can count on whenever I need help or just to
share anything happening in my life. I also like to
think I can be a friend to them when they need me.
This is Christ's plan for us; not only to share His
offer with others in the world but to be there for
Jesus instructed the
disciples to take nothing with them on their
journey. He knew they would be provided for. This
put them totally dependent upon God for their
The instruction of shaking
off the dust is related to a tradition of the
Jewish people separating themselves from those who
rejected the message of Christ.
All the disciples could do
was present the good news about Jesus to the
people. The 12 did not have power to force the
listeners to believe it. The response was totally
up to the people as to how they received the
The same is true of us. When
we share the story of Christ with other people,
they can do one of two things. They can either
consider what we tell them or they can reject the
message all together.
We can present the message
(and Christ) to others but we cannot make them
accept it. God can do anything but He does not
force people to believe or receive, some won't.
This is when we have to
"shake the dust off the soles" of our shoes and
move on. Our job is to tell people about Jesus and
what He has done for us. We can't save anyone. Only
God can do that.
Love in Christ
If you have never made the
commitment to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
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application from the book of Mark