Risk and vulnerability (Matthew 10)

Text: Matthew 10

Memorize: “I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16 NET

We know the action of sending. We used to send letters written with mechanical instruments that scratched ink upon paper, stuffed into envelopes and sent by truck and plane. Now we hit “Send” to put an electronic message in someone’s inbox. We send, or ought to, on occasion, flowers to loved ones.

Jesus sent out the Twelve on what we call a limited commission. A practice run, really, for the Great Commission. And with it a warning, that his sending would not be all cake and ice cream. The sending puts his followers in vulnerable positions. So they must take every precaution to make sure the message was heard in its simplicity and purity.

Jesus calls us to risk, to abandon comfort and ease and take on the most challenging mission of all time.

Word Cue: Send (Gr., apostello). The English word “mission” comes from Latin, and means “to send.” The various words translated “send” in the Bible are a key grouping, as one can see from the book of Jonah. Apostles are messengers, or people sent with orders. Christians are God’s people sent with a message (John 20:21).

Prayer: Thank you, heavenly Father, for entrusting me with the gospel and sending me into the world with words of salvation. May I never shrink from the challenge of proclamation. Amen.

Action Question: How do I feel about taking risk for the gospel?

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?