He told them: “Take nothing for the journey – no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.”
I have a friend in Mount Dora with multiple sclerosis (MS). She’s a preacher’s wife but also a real estate agent to make ends meet. Most days she’s uncomfortable but walks with a cane and a smile on her face. She doesn’t rely on comfort to make her happy; she relies on God, family, and friends. A smile stretches across my face when I think of her.
Jesus wanted his apostles to be like my friend and not rely on comfort to make them happy. They were not to spend time searching for the most comfortable place to live. He wanted them to be happy healing, driving out demons, and proclaiming God’s kingdom. He also wanted them to rely solely on God for their needs. Later in Luke 22:35 Jesus asks them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. God provided for them.
Dearest Heavenly Father, thank you for selfless friends and family who put smiles on my face. Help me to be happy in any situation because I know I can depend on You, Father, for everything. I pray in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.