Thursday, July 5, 2018
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
But wait – isn’t that what Jesus is supposed to do? Am I not one of His disciples? Does that mean I’m supposed to do that stuff too?
The answer is Yes, Yes, and Yes. Jesus calls us who follow Him, believe in Him, received Him as our Savior His disciples. You are a disciple of Christ. We have been empowered by Jesus to go out and do the “stuff of the Kingdom” (see Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me a in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”). He trusts us to continue with the message of faith, with the Gospel, with being His witnesses in word and deed.
Can we do this? How do we do it? The book of Acts (The Acts of the Apostles) is our guideline. Jesus said to be imitators of Him (Ep5:1). See what He did. See what the Apostles did. Do the same. It’s the sharing of the joys and hurts in someone else’s life and being able to offer consolation and hope. It’s the recognition of the disappointment of failed expectations and pointing people to Jesus who is faithful to keep His promises. It’s the visiting the sick and praying in faith for God to heal. In some third world countries, there are no physical resources for healing, people rely on the spiritual power of God to heal, and He answers.
We are those disciples to take the power of God to those in need. I may not fee adequate, I may not think I am ready. I may not think that is my calling from God.
Jesus equips us as we get involved in ministering. Peter, James, and John (and all the rest) didn’t feel adequate, they didn’t have specialized training, they saw what Jesus did and did the same thing. Will I always succeed? Maybe not. Will I always obey God’s prompting?
Jesus, I want to be your ambassador. I want to bring the good news of salvation to the world. I know I am adequate because You are adequate and live in me. Make me in tune to your promptings, Lord, I want to be a disciple. Amen.