On Mission, part 5
Luke 10: 8
“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
Further lessons from Jesus to those being sent out:
EXPECT THE SUPERNATURAL
Jesus didn’t tell them to go and pray for people to get well but to go and heal the sick. That’s not to say we shouldn’t pray for the sick, not at all, we should. But he gave them tremendous expectancy that they would do what he had been doing.
Let that settle for a moment.
In our Western culture if someone is sick we automatically think of a Pharmacy and medicines that are so freely available and we know that in the vast majority of cases if they take the medicine they will get better. We don’t think twice about it. It is almost a guarantee.
But what did Jesus say? Heal the sick. It was an instruction that sounded like a guarantee.
Those in parts of the world without Pharmacies need such guarantees, they certainly need the faith and expectancy of the Church.
He demonstrated this himself. Jesus healed the sick. He told the Twelve to do it. In Mark’s Great Commissioning Jesus instructs them that as well as driving out demons they will place their hands on sick people and they will get well.
Jesus shows us that God wants people well.
The Church needs to focus more on its healing ministry. The Church stands in every city, town and village as a symbol of healing for that community. Wherever you are placed the expectation is for you to reach others with healing, setting those bound, free and those broken, restored. The outcome is wholesome people. That’s what we need. A nation healed by God.
This is not advocating not aiming for anything or failing before we begin.
But there are times where you’re going to be disappointed and you need to deal with it. We need to recover from hurt quickly. Time is running out on you for all this, ‘oh I feel hurt’, you don’t have that luxury anymore, this is a life of mission. So if you get hurt easy sort it out, grow thicker skin and realise that that’s just life. We are on the mission of the One who was crucified so we should not be surprised when it isn’t easy for us either. You may not feel welcome, you may not feel appreciated, If you don’t deal with disappointment it will remove you from your appointment.