Day 277 – Mission Fulfillment
On: August 4, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’ ; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfilment.” The disciples said, “See, Lord,  here are two swords.” “That’s enough!” he replied. Luke 22:35-38

It’s comforting to know that the disciples were as confused as I am! Were two swords sufficient for the battle ahead? Or was Jesus saying “enough prattling about military hardware, I’m talking about something quite different”?

I think Jesus is alerting the disciples to the need to be flexible, if they are to successfully  take over the reigns of His mission. There will be times when travelling light is essential, if we are to press forward.

There will be other times when we will need all the support and resources we can lay our hands on, as we “batten down the hatches”.

This certainly aligns with my experience. There are occasions when life is chipper – plans come to fruition, health is good, “gospel conversations” flow. I like those times!

Then storm clouds appear, and everything becomes tougher. These times are a struggle, but are just as much a part of life. Indeed, it is often during these times that breakthroughs are made in our circumstances, our witness, our character.

For Jesus, He knew that He was about to enter the biggest crisis of His life. It would result in His death. But also, as we now know, His resurrection, ascension and the salvation of Mankind.

Quite an outcome for a day of obedience! Actually, it was a lifetime of obedience, culminating in a day of “mission fulfilment”.

Prayer:

Father God, protect me from wanting always to dwell in a quiet and comfortable place. Strengthen me to welcome times of challenge and testing. May Your will be done through all the seasons of my life. Amen

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