Isaiah 66:10-14; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
“How Not to Be A Disciple: What Not to Pack”
When I am getting ready to go on a trip, I type up a packing list. I don’t type up a “Don’t pack this” list. I know what not to take, don’t I?
This mission trip of discipleship is a trip that calls for a particular packing list. But all we’re told is what not to take. The difference between being a disciple and not being one (but maybe saying we are) is in what we pack. The nondisciple packs apathy, love of comfort and love of recognition.
The disciple packs a spirit of service, humility, and a fervent desire to interpret the good news for today’s world.
How Not to Be a Disciple: Tell yourself the following things repeatedly:
1. There are plenty of other people. I don’t have to go (10:2).
2. If I do decide to go, I’m going to take a lot of stuff with me to insure my comfort (10:3).
3. I expect there to be perks for my taking the trouble to go on this mission. I’m not just going to take what people give me. I have certain requirements (10: 8).
4. I will mediate healing to people I meet by the combination of my professional skills and winning personality (10:9).
5. I believe (based on verse 16) that whatever comes out of my mouth is the verbatim word of God (verse 16)
6. I am going to interpret demons literally in the 21st century (10:17).
7. I’m going to assure people that Jesus means that nothing bad will ever happen to them in what he says in verse 19.
How to Be A Disciple: Reflect on and/or do the following 7 things repeatedly:
1. Make yourself available. This mission, as far as Jesus is concerned, is a mandatory opportunity.
2. Pack light.
3. Remember always that it is the kingdom of God we’re inviting people into, not our fan club or a social club.
4. Pray constantly for guidance in offering the good news, because the stakes are high. Strive to invite people to Christ humbly, sincerely and joyfully (10:16).
5. Reflect on the following questions
• From what do people need to be delivered today (their demons)?
• How do you understand the kingdom of God into which you are inviting people and how is it different from the” kingdom of me?”
• How can we assure people of Jesus’ care for them without making false promises of physical invincibility for believers?
By A. McKenzie