Read: Luke 9:1-6
And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.” (v. 3)
Making sure you have everything you need before you go somewhere is one of those universal skills we rely on. I want my son to remember to pack his running spikes for practice as he heads out to school, or the tow truck driver rescuing me to have all the right tools packed.
This tendency to want to be completely prepared can actually keep us from saying yes to the “go” of God when it comes. Whether it’s making a tiny heart-move toward forgiveness, or changing careers and crossing an ocean, questions about having everything we need can stop us from going. We wonder, “Will I be safe? Do I have the right gifts or skills for this? Where will the needed finances come from? Will I have everything I need?”
“Take nothing for your journey” means that we who love Jesus already have everything we need, in him. No matter what kind of “go” Jesus calls us to, He is our King of kings and Lord of lords, our risen and victorious Savior. And he is Jehovah Jireh, God our provider, who calls us. He will be for us everything we need as we go. —Linda R. Rubingh
As you pray, remember you can “go” because Jesus your Good Shepherd sends you, and will supply your every need.
About the Author
Linda R. Rubingh is a pastor, therapist, and writer with a passion for mission. She is the co-founder with her husband, Trevor, of New City Kids, and is completing her first children’s book, I Love to Tell the Story: Stories of Meeting Jesus from Every Nation, Tribe and Tongue. Linda is a New Jersey native but now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with Trevor, their two children, and an overactive Siberian Husky.