Proverbs 30:5-9; PS 19 your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet; Luke 9:1-6
You ever go on trip and fret about what to take and what to leave behind. A majority of us what to be prepared for anything and everything so we wind up taking way more than we need.
I do this with books. I never know what I'm going to want to read so I usually take way more reading material than I need. Thankfully the ebooks readers have certainly assisted drastically in lighting the load when i go on a journey. I can take a whole library of books in my kindle and that is that.
But shouldn't we pack light when we go on a trip. This summer going to the Holy Land of ten days I was determined to put everything i needed in one back pack and be done with it. It was nice not having to haul all that extra luggage around. It was so easy to just zip up the back pack and go.
So what I wore the same pants several days in a row. There was a certain freedom to packing light and made the trip mrs about the trip and less about me.
Maybe that is part of the reality we should be geared for: trip centered reality.
Jesus tells the disciples today in the gospel to "take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor none, and let no one take a second tunic."
Trip centered not self centered.
What did they take with them? They took their mission, the authority and power over demons and disease. They carried their love for Jesus and his command and they went forth.
This gospel reminds me of the George Strait Song, "Carrying your love with me."
He sings about not worrying about the way I pack. I carry your love with me. It is everything I need.
Wouldn't it be great if the love Jesus was all we put i our back pack when we headed out the door each day, going out proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.
This is the presence the Christian is meant to bring to the front.
Think about the dis-ease we encounter in the world. How can we as Christians let the authority and power of Christ be the healing answer the world needs?
How are we invited daily to bring a sense of normalcy back to reality.