Travel Light with Him

Fresh off a hefty dose of rejection and unbelief in His hometown, Jesus moves on to teach in other villages. He calls the twelve together and then seems to send them out in pairs on what, by today’s standards, might be considered an extreme camping trip—take no food, no bag, no money, no change of clothes. Say what? That’s right, they are to take only a staff, the clothes they are wearing, and the authority He gives them to teach, to heal, and to cast out evil spirits.  Authority, now there’s an interesting travel item.
Have you ever thought about what you absolutely can’t go without? And why? Or, have you considered the authority, as Jesus’ traveling companion, that goes with you? Enjoy an invitation to travel light with Him.

Mark 6:6-13 (NLT)

And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits.  He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes.
“Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same house until you leave town.  But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”
So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God.  And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.

For Reflection and Prayer:

Was there a word, a phrase, an image, or something else that seemed to stay with you as you listened to the passage?

What are the things you feel you “must” take with you? Why? Dialogue or journal with Jesus about this.

What does the word “authority” bring up in you with regard to Jesus, yourself, and/or others?  What do you notice?

When Jesus Comes to Us

We observed Ash Wednesday this week, a season when we intentionally remember to keep turning back to God. This week's text reminds us that it is God, through Jesus, who comes to us first before we even have the thought to turn and see him. It is the Holy Spirit at work in us, giving us the very thought to turn to God. What if we decided in this Lenten season to notice how Jesus keeps coming to us? What happens when Jesus comes to us?

Mark 1:29-34 NLT
After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. 31 So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.
32 That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. 33 The whole town gathered at the door to watch. 34 So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.

For Reflection and Prayer:
Lord, what are you pointing at for me in this passage?
How might Jesus be coming to me at this very moment?
What is it like for Jesus to be beside you in your hard place, take your hand and help you up? Have a conversation with Jesus about this.
Do you have a story or stories of Jesus coming to you? Perhaps take time to remember them and record them in your journal.