Jesus knew how to pack light. And He encouraged His disciples to do the same. I thought about this while carrying a load of stuff around the airport today. I have enough stuff to keep the Twelve Disciples busy for a while. But everything seemed like a necessity when I packed this morning.
Our stuff can be an asset. But it tends to be a liability. The more stuff we get, the more we get weighed down by it. Jesus sent out His followers to change the world, and His packing tip was don’t take anything with you. They were not supposed to take a change of clothes. They were not supposed to take a bag of money. They couldn’t even take a staff, which basically left them defenseless.
Jesus sent His followers out like lambs to the slaughter. None of this seemed to be matter because of one promise He made. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” This was not an empty promise or a nice idea. It was the reality then and remains true today.
We just have to believe.
Consider the following Scripture:
Luke 10: 1-9: After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.