“He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes. ‘Wherever you go,’ He said, ‘stay in the same house until you leave town.’”
- You’ve got to be humble. Jesus didn’t give His disciples the opportunity to assume they were entitled to anything…not even an extra set of clothes! Humility is vital because it is the container in which our dependence upon God is kept. Pride is one of the enemy’s most effective weapons…not because it’s more powerful, but because it’s more subtle. The moment you become proud of the assignment given to you, or of the gifts God by His grace decides to bestow, Satan has a wide-open door to walk through and sabotage all that God has laid before you. It’s easy to be humble and dependent on the Lord when it’s something you don’t have, or something you’re not good at…but when it comes to something as normal and within reach as having clothes, we’re rarely on guard. Jesus showed His disciples how important humility is to be an effective vessel of the Holy Spirit with this command. We’ve got to go to great lengths to protect our humility—because when we do, Jesus sends us out to do miraculous things!
- You’ve got to be dedicated and committed. Why was it important for the disciples to stay in one house the whole time they were ministering to a city? Because dedication incubates revelation (Ps 46:10). The call God places on your life needs to be nurtured and protected, and if you never stay in one place, you lose the ability to steward what the Father has given you because you have no solid ground to sow it into. Jesus was emphasizing the importance of relationships and working together with others to bring heaven to earth. It is only through unity that we will become strong! Jesus also wanted to make sure that His disciples were maintaining integrity. Being constantly on the move keeps the depth of one’s heart at a distance…but it is from the deep of our hearts that the eternal life of God flows! By commanding His disciples to stay in one house, Jesus ensured that they would be held accountable for everything they were doing at all times—both empowering their testimony and guiding their journey.