In the midst of the violence and disasters in our world today, Christians need to have a heart of utmost urgency, because there are so many people who are spiritually dying. We need to realize who we are and the calling that God has given to us. In the past, people turned to God in the midst of disaster, but today we turn further away from God. Christians are too busy concerned with their own lives to be concerned with God’s greatest desire. We have the covenant and answer to save our generation and our future, yet why isn’t evangelism taking place? It is because we are in the midst of God’s process.
1. Don’t Forget Who You Are
“And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.” (Mark 6:7)
In this verse, we are reminded that we were called by God as his children, as those set apart, just like he called the disciples. When we are called and sent out by him, we represent Christ as his ambassadors who wield the same power and authority and as spiritual doctors who give the answer of healing. However, we have become powerless because we have lost our identity. Because we don’t know who we are, we have no choice but to follow the flow of the world, just floating along with no purpose for living. We become easily shaken by what we immediately see and hear.
The world recognizes ministers based on educational background and ordainment. However, what the world truly needs are those who have the true spiritual accreditation of disciples: those who walk with Jesus and have Jesus as their true source of strength. Joseph was sold as a slave to Egypt, but he confesses that God sent him ahead to save many souls. In that same way, we were sent by God to where we are today to save many souls. When we remember this simple fact, Satan cannot deceive us. We need to recognize there is a spiritual battle going on in our families and in our work and use the authority of Christ. The key to victory is knowing. Satan will continuously try to scam us and we let him continue to play with us. Let’s remember who we are as children.
Jesus also doesn’t send the disciples alone, but sends them in teams. God gathers us to one another to do his work together as a team.
2. God will provide for us
He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff -no bread, no bag, no money in their belts -but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.” (Mark 6:8-9)
Jesus tells his disciples not to take anything with them but a staff. It means that God will provide everything we need. He has always provided for us and will absolutely provide for our future. We misunderstand that we provide for ourselves but working hard, but our greatest provision doesn’t come from ourselves but from God. When we are all in on God’s greatest desire, remembering who we are, then God can provide for our every need. God tells us to let go of our worries so that we can wholly focus on world evangelism. However, throughout the week we focus on things other than God. Let’s remember who we are and what we have been called to do. When we simplify our lives, we can receive God’s grace more. When we become wholly dependent on Christ, rather than ourselves or others, God can work greatly in our lives, just like he did in the book of Acts, and there is no greater blessing.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
We have received everything in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:11)
3. Obey and Apply the Word of God
“So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.” (Mark 6:12-13)
The disciples took Jesus’ commands, and obeyed and applied them. We hear God’s word and write everything but only our notebook holds God’s covenant. We have the answer so close to us yet we turn to everything but the word of God for help. When we taste the word of God being applied in our lives, and changing our perspective on our problems and
“And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them” (Mark 6:11)
During this generation, when Israelites travelled to foreign nations, they would shake off the dust on their feet to rid themselves of contamination. We need to share the same sense of urgency that God has to save our generation.
How can we save the world? By remembering who we are, wholly trusting God’s providence and obeying and applying the word of God.