“Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge: “Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. 6 Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. 7 Tell them that the kingdom is here. 8 Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously. 9 “Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. 10 You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.” (Matthew 10:5-10, The Message)
My wife sent this above passage to me last week. This has been our passion for some time now, reaching our community. We have a lot of thoughts and a vision but sometimes a vision can become overwhelming to the point where you end up doing nothing because you’re so overwhelmed we the vision as a whole. One thing we’ve learned over the past few years is patience. You’ve probably heard the saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time.”
What I love about the Bible is how certain passages affect you differently depending on where you’re at in life. This is why the Bible is a living, breathing book.
There is a huge missions field right in our own neighborhoods. Now, I’m not saying to not travel to other countries and places. What I’m saying is, if you don’t know where to start, step out your front door because there’s a huge mission field within walking distance of your home. I love verse 8: “Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons.”
We could talk about each one of those for days. There are sick that need healing, spiritually dead that need to be raised, those who people look down on, the untouchables, and we all know there are some demons that need to be kicked out!
Don’t get so consumed with a large vision that you don’t know where to start. Don’t worry about raising money or how can we afford to do this or that before you start. You are the equipment, travel light. Don’t carry your own baggage, don’t worry about all the tools and knowledge, the Holy Spirit will work through you when the time is right.
Go ahead, go to the lost, confused people right there in your neighborhood.
Let’s heal the sick, raise the dead, touch the untouchables, and let’s kick out some demons! You and I, we are the equipment that is needed.