01/28/T – Sent Out

Genesis 30:1-24; Matthew 10:1-4; Psalms 12:6-8; Proverbs 5:22-23

NT: “Summoning his twelve disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:1-4‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

Right after Jesus told His disciples to pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send workers, He sent His disciples into the harvest… 12 ordinary men with all sorts of shortcomings. However, He didn’t send them empty handed. He delegated the authority that He had as the Son of God to them. As His delegates, they would have the same authority that He had… these normal run-of-the-mill, back-water, some of them outcasts of society men. They hadn’t been to Bible College or attended the School of the Supernatural. They didn’t have titles or entourages – just normal lack-luster men. They hadn’t even received the fullness of the Holy Spirit… but they had been with Jesus and He had delegated His authority to them and given them directives to follow. Those of us who are followers of Jesus have been sent out as well… by the King of Kings that has all authority on Heaven and Earth. And not only has He delegated us with His authority, He has filled us with His power and life by the Holy Spirit. What reason do we have to not walk in His commission?

Psalms: “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times. You, Lord, will guard us; you will protect us from this generation forever. The wicked prowl all around, and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭12:6-8‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

The words of our Lord are pure. What will our lives be about? Will we exalt and honor the pure words of our Lord, or will we be like the rest of the world and exalt what is worthless? Will we honor our Lord’s commission, or will we spend our lives honoring worthless things? Will we stay the ordinary people that we are, or will we allow our Lords words to transform us into extraordinary people doing extraordinary things through His authority and power?

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