After medical school, new doctors are supervised by experienced physicians. These residents are given more and responsibility and freedom, always overseen by attending physicians to ensure that they develop all the skills they need to be competent and capable physicians.
In today’s passage, Jesus is like an attending physician, giving his residents just enough responsibility to learn, but not so much that their possible failures could do irreparable harm:
7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.Mark 6:7-13
8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
Here’s the point: Jesus wants us to learn to live like him.
How can you “practice” your faith today?
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