You Have Everything You Need

by Andrew Forrest

When Jesus sends the Twelve out on their discipleship residency training, he tells them “Take nothing for the journey.” The implication is that the Twelve have everything they need to do ministry in Jesus name.

For us, it’s the same:

You have everything you need today.

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 9:1-9

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Ben Wright August 12, 2019 - 10:41 am

I have long puzzled over part of the passage here, Jesus tells his disciples that if they come to a town and they are not welcomed, then they should shake the dust from their sandals as a testament against the town. It seems that Jesus is telling his disciples to judge other people. But that seems inconsistent with one of the messages in The Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus says don’t judge other people. In The Sermon on the Mount, I understand Jesus to say that if you use a yardstick to measure the piety of another person, then that yardstick will be used back against you to measure your piety. But all of us are sinners, and it’s not our role as sinners to judge others.

Maybe there is a difference between the 12 disciples set on this mission and me, a common sinner.

Andrew Forrest August 12, 2019 - 8:53 pm

In the Sermon on the Mount, I think Jesus is warning us against spiritual pride, i.e., believing we are morally superior to other people. Another way of saying is that Jesus warns us against hypocrisy: if you start thinking you’re better than other people, watch out, because life has a way of showing you how you can’t even measure up to your own standards. I don’t think this kind of warning against judgment is incompatible with the concept of moral discernment, which is necessary as a follower of Jesus: we must discern between good and evil.


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