15 November 2013 |
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 9:1-9
New Living Translation (NLT)
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Disciples
9 One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them
power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. 2
Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to
heal the sick. 3 “Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed
them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food,
money, or even a change of clothes. 4 Wherever you go, stay in the
same house until you leave town. 5 And if a town refuses to welcome
you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have
abandoned those people to their fate.”
6 So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News
and healing the sick.
7 When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, heard about everything
Jesus was doing, he was puzzled. Some were saying that John the
Baptist had been raised from the dead. 8 Others thought Jesus was
Elijah or one of the other prophets risen from the dead.
9 “I beheaded John,” Herod said, “so who is this man about whom
I hear such stories?” And he kept trying to see him.
This was no ordinary day for the disciples. It wasn’t just another
“wake up, have coffee, go to work, come home from work, have supper,
go to bed” kind of day. No. It was the day that Jesus called a
little meeting and gave them the authority to do the kinds of things
He did – to drive out demons, to heal diseases. This is a monumental
day for the Christian. Because, we follow in the footsteps of the
disciples and have the same authority and power that was given to
them, to do the things that Jesus did.
It is significant that, after being given the authority to do those
things, Herod started hearing of the things Jesus was doing. In actual
fact, like the baptisms where rumour spread that Jesus was baptising
many people while it was actually his disciples, Herod was hearing of
things that Jesus /and/ His disciples had done. The disciples
understood so well that their power and authority came from God, and
that they were useless without Him, that the way they gave Him the
glory lead to others not even hearing their names – but just hearing
what Jesus had done!
If only the world was like that today. We hear of “Prophet
so-and-so” who has a great healing ministry; we hear of Pastor X who
you /must /go to for a prophecy (an East London based church recently
advertised “if you sow your gift of , Prophet X will
email you a personal prophecy – disgusting!); and then yet another
preacher who did this and that. I also saw a tweet from a prominent
Joburg church (from their official twitter account) saying something
along the lines of “@theguestpreacher did amazing things tonight!
Lives were changed”. So much mention of man, so little mention of
When God works through you, do you give Him so much glory and credit
that people cannot even remember your name? That’s how it should be!
Evaluate yourself. Not only today, but from this day on, when God uses
you in a significant way. Do not yet your pride rob others of the
opportunity to be solely focussed on Jesus – give Him all the glory.
A PRAYER TO PRAY
Jesus please forgive me for the times I have taken the credit and the
glory for Your works. Please help me from today onward to always
remember that I am only a servant and a vessel and that in Your grace
You have allowed me to be part of what You do in Your Kingdom. Amen.
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