Matthew 10:5-10 The Message (MSG)
We certainly have become a culture built on “technology.” When you think of ministry, does technology play a roll? It does for me. Technology helps us carry the news of the Kingdom; we can connect to an extended group of people beyond the gathered congregation. Our teaching can spread the Word and grow disciples through our videos and devotionals. With that being said, I see technology as an asset, but every Christian is really the most valuable piece of equipment to be used by God. If you are led by the Spirit, you carry the anointing of Christ and no technology can take your place. Technology may serve to draw a person’s attention to spiritual things and even feed them, but a vibrant Christ-filled disciple moves in the anointing to bring a harvest heart and hands to the work of the Kingdom. We are to be “doers of the Word” not just “hearers” (James 1:22).
In our passage today, Jesus sends out his apostles to extend harvest hands in their local community. They are to walk by faith and trust God to work through them. Christ has promised the Spirit will make them—the equipment—powerful to heal the sick, raise the dead, touch the infected, and take authority over evil spirits. It’s the anointing of Christ and no technology can duplicate it. Be the equipment God uses, today.
5-8 Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:
“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
9-10 “Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for making me the equipment you wish to use for your anointing, today, in my realm of influence. In Jesus’ name. Amen.