The Messiah's Authoritative Delegation, 1
Don’t you wish you had the gift and authority to cast out demons and heal every disease? What Jesus accomplished through his disciples in Matthew 10 was truly astonishing. Their excitement, passion and boldness must have surged to new highs after the gifting and support they received from Christ Himself. It is not difficult to wishfully contemplate the amount of good we could do if God would only give us the right amount of resources or the charisma and intellectual ability to change lives and reach the nations of the world. But the truth of it is, God is not impressed with résumés, and He does not depend on the eloquent speaker or the deep pockets of a benefactor to do His work. Our accomplishments and abilities do not justify our worthiness, and our accolades cannot merit us any greatness. Jesus chose and empowered twelve ordinary men as His ambassadors. But as Paul reminds us, “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong…” (1 Cor. 1:27).
We as believers have been given a unique and privileged opportunity to carry the name of Christ to our communities and beyond. We mustn’t use our perceived weakness to excuse us from Great Commission living—for it is the very thing God uses to evidence His power (2 Cor. 12:9). Turn away from self-sufficiency and embrace His all-sufficiency. The fields are ripe; so may we labor faithfully as dependent, willing followers of Christ.
Sunday at Liberty
- BTH: Pastor Rory–Ecclesiology–Elders vs Deacons
- AM: Pastor Rory–Matthew 9:32-11:1–The Messiah’s Authoritative Delegation, 1 (sermon notes)
- PM: Pastor Rory–John 11:1-27–Jesus Is the Resurrection and the Life