3 important keys to being sent
Mark 6: 6-12 “Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. 8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
They did it. They went. Jesus sent them. Just as the Father sent Him, He sent them. There was no reluctance.
Jesus made sure there was accountability in place going with another, two by two.
Jesus made sure they would be focused by taking only a few items. The Jewish rabbis would not permit anyone entering the temple area with a staff, shoes or a moneybag because they should not be seen with other distractions from the focus of the Temple.
Jesus made sure they would be free of rejection. The Jews walking through a Gentile city would shake the dust off their feet because they didn’t want to take anything from that city. Similarly Jesus instructs not to take any rejection from a Jewish city with you.
We have been sent and these 3 important keys of mission still apply today.
Are you accountable?
Are you focused?
Are you free of rejection?