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?