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?

Why Are You Here?

The time that Jesus spent in solitude and prayer seems to be connected to how anchored he was in knowing his purpose and why he came. He was unaffected by the cries that "everyone is looking for you." He remained undeterred from what he knew he was to be about. 

It is when we spend time alone with God, connecting and conversing, that we remain on point with why we are here. This kind of time with God anchors and centers us. God speaks, ministers to us, loves on us, comforts, befriends, strengthens, renews and refreshes us. 

Would you consider making this kind of time with God a primary intention for your life and growth? This is how we reenter the world steeped in the awareness of being as Christ, God-centered,  in our everyday encounters.

MARK 1:35-39
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"

Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else--to the nearby villages--so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

For Reflection and Prayer:
Lord, what are you pointing at for me in this passage?

How is my heart being spoken to at this moment?

Where might this word intersect with my life right now?

Friends of the Bridegroom

If you could imagine being the best man in a wedding, you could imagine that your role is to support, encourage, and be present for the bridegroom. You stand at his side, readied and listening, alert to help your friend. In this passage John describes his mission and purpose. John was called to prepare the way for the Messiah. For John it is all about Jesus, the Messiah, and John takes great joy in Jesus' success. Read on to see why this was so important to John. He understood what was going on. He knew who Jesus was.  

John 3:27-36 The Message
John answered, "It's not possible for a person to succeed--I'm talking about eternal  success--without heaven's help. You yourselves were there when I made it public that I was not the Messiah but simply the one sent ahead of him to get things ready. The one who gets the bride is, by definition, the bridegroom. And the bridegroom's friend, his 'best man'--that's me--in place at his side where he can hear every word, is genuinely happy. How could he be jealous when he knows that the wedding is finished and the marriage is off to a good start?

That's why my cup is running over. This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines.

The One who comes from above is head and shoulders over other messengers from God. The earthborn is earthbound and speaks earth language; the heavenborn is in a league of his own. He sets out the evidence of what he saw and heard in heaven. No one wants to deal with these facts. But anyone who examines this evidence will come to stake his life on this: that God himself is the truth.

The One that God sent speaks God's words. And don't think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away--a lavish distribution of gifts. That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is in the dark and doesn't see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that.

  • "Lord, what are you pointing at for me in this passage?"
  • How is my heart being spoken to in this moment?
  • Where might this word intersect with my life right now?
  • How do these words foster greater love for God and others in you?