This was a unique short term mission’s trip by Jesus sending his disciples to proclaim and do what they had seen him do. This chapter is not a rule book for missionaries but at the heart of what Jesus said are principles for every one of us who try to live as Christians in our world.
“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.” (Matthew 10 v 9-10)
Get going – stop delaying by talking and planning what you are going to do. Jesus doesn’t seem concerned over a lot of details rather he is very keen to get them going.
Stay focused on the mission – no money, no bag, no extra shirt, no extra sandals and no staff. There isn’t much left to be distracted from the mission. This is not about you. Jesus doesn’t seem concerned whether they will have enough resources to share the gospel.
Interact with as many people as possible – depend on others for food and accommodation, don’t be independent. Jesus wants them to make decisions that mean they continually meet people.
This is a unique mission’s trip but there are wonderful truths still for us today.
GO – IMMEDIATELY, actions not words.
FOCUS – NO DISTRACTIONS, there will be provision.
INTERACT – PEOPLE need the Lord!