“‘And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.’ They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.”
- You need to prioritize. The call CANNOT be compromised! The disciples couldn’t stay where their mission couldn’t be fulfilled. They could have stayed and pleaded with God to move, and poured themselves out in service and teaching, and waited until something happened…but they were charged with a mission from Jesus and knew that they weren’t being called to see results, they were being called to be obedient. Sometimes Satan shows you an opportunity for something good to keep you from giving your all in something better…vision is vital! And not only did Jesus tell the disciples to leave the place that didn’t receive them, He told them to “shake the dust off [their] feet”—essentially, to not even let any remnant of what was there go with them. Too often we carry around the “dust” of past experiences where we failed, or weren’t received, or didn’t have our expectations met. But Jesus wants us to shake that dust off and walk according to His revelation, and not to our evaluation!
- You need to be bold. Were they scheduled at the local church or venue? Did they have their arrival advertised? No…they weren’t expected or planned for. They didn’t have a place to go when they got there. They simply went and did. A lot of times we lack the courage to bring the kingdom because we’re not a renowned speaker or a well-known author or a recognizable ministry leader—but neither were the disciples! It was their boldness and courage to respond to Jesus’ guidance despite the fact that no one knew who they were or where they came from that released the power of God to them. God rarely calls us to do things we are completely confident in doing; it is our faith in HIS ability to pull through and HIS sovereignty that releases heaven. The kingdom will come in strength when our faith in who He is overshadows our fear of who we are not!
- You need to be ready for God to show up! Jesus’ disciples fit each of these things, and the drove out demons and healed the sick. Our God is extravagant, and mighty, and powerful, and creative, and majestic…He comes with faithfulness and fire…there is restoration and healing in His touch…and in His presence, all creation bows in worship. EVERYTHING is subject to His name and His rule. What He speaks becomes, and what He thinks IS. And when we walk according to His way, led by His Spirit and taught by His word, submitting ourselves to His authority and surrendering our lives of death for His life of life, His fullness will follow…and that is a truly glorious and awesome thing!