Mark 6: 7-13
Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition. He sent them off with these instructions:
“Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple.
“And no luxury inns. Get a modest place and be content there until you leave. If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.”
Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different; right and left they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits.
Christianity is made up of journeys – the wanderings of Jesus are a pattern for our lives of faith. If left to ourselves, we may put off leaving the comfort of our homes or our mindset until we are ready. There is always something else we might need; just in case.
Jesus says, No, you are ready now; you have everything you need. Travelling in the comfort of like-minded people may give you security but not courage. Having provisions means you may not ask for help; so how can people offer theirs? Being self-sufficient – how will you understand the needs of others; appreciate the hospitality of strangers.
In taking nothing, you will take everything I and my Father have given you. Your journey, your mission, is to take me, my Father and the Spirit out into the world. Take nothing else.