Wednesday: 25th September, 2019
Reference text: Luke 9:1-6
Luke 9:3 “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.
On any mission to proclaim a message over a long distance, all the items in the list above: a walking staff, food, money and extra clothing can be deemed essential to the propagation. The same applies to the proclamation of the Gospel and the Kingdom business, or so we may have thought. But Jesus relegates all these ‘necessities’ to the background when He warned his disciples not to consider any in their planning.
To maintain concentration and focus at an optimum level throughout the execution of a process, people do a lot of things ranging from absolute silence, listening to music or cutting off connections; amongst a host of other things. This is because any lapses can easily lead to errors and mistakes which often require a greater appropriation of resources to rectify.
The disciples today, although would not have been very happy with the request they heard, would have complied as it came from the one sending them out. A closer look however will reveal Jesus was concerned about addressing the things that were likely to be distractions to the task at hand – proclaiming the Gospel, and not interested in making them uncomfortable.
In our times, even though we face distractions in a very different context far different from food, drink and extra clothing, the end goal stay unchanged: to ultimately prevent us from reaching where we need to. Beloved, we need people around us to keep us on our toes lest we get distracted from the very task at hand.