be all in and sold out

Luke Chapter 9 – first verse we hit the ground running – did you catch what was said? Jesus gave the disciples His authority and power to heal and cast out demons (1). He told them to go and proclaim the kingdom of God (2). My take away is if I call myself a disciple of Christ then I have that power and responsibility to proclaim and heal as well. Another thought is: We must be all in and sold out Christians. Don’t let lukewarm be a word to describe you.

The next verses (3-5) explain how they were not to take anything with them and what to do if they were not welcomed. God was teaching them of His provision.

Verse 6 I am sure I have just flew past before but I was stopped in my tracks. “So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.” NIV

‘THEY’ set out. Not Jesus, but the disciples with His power and authority. The same power that’s available for us. Exciting stuff. Let’s read on.

I have always loved the story of feeding the crowds. This one was 5,000 men not including women or children who were fed with 5 loaves and 2 fish. I don’t think it was coincidence that 12 basketfuls of broken pieces were collected. Perhaps one for each of the 12 disciples. Agree?

Jesus told the disciples not to tell others He was the Messiah. I love the conversation that Jesus starts with His disciples when He says: “Who do people say I am?”

A friend said this: “I think this is so representative of the time we live in. People have all types of thoughts of who Jesus was. But His followers have had a different experience with Him. And so, who His followers say He is is vastly different. Love that. And love the power of our testimony.” AS

Jesus also told His disciples: “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” 22 NIV

When this indeed happened, did they remember what He told them?

So the chapter opened with Jesus sending the disciples out and they did proclaim the good news and healed the sick. But, now a man with a demon possessed son comes to Jesus because the disciples couldn’t help (37-43). What disciples was the man referring to? The ones traveling with Jesus or random people from the town? A littler further down in the chapter (49+50) we see the disciples telling Jesus they were stopping others from casting out demons which makes me think the disciples referred to above were not some of the 12. What do you think?

I leave you with a question. What do you think this verse means: “Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” 62 NIV

In addition to my thoughts here’s some more from a friend: at home we all have different Bibles, so we were able to look at this differently through each reading.

When reading about feeding the 5,000 the words “we only have” stuck out. As in alone, we can only do so much. But with Christ we can do immeasurably more. Don’t you just love that.

Jesus appearance is changed when He is with God. Every time I am with God – my visual appearance is changed immediately. I stand a little taller, I am more peaceful and ready to serve others.

The line about the plow stayed with me. I’m a visual person, so I imagined working a plow. Once you get that thing started, it would take a lot of energy to actually stop it. The thought of someone starting work for the Lord and then stopping suddenly broke my heart.

Let it break yours too. And for the love of God, never, ever let that be you. For how can you…

be.the.light

if you are not plowing through and working for our King.

Never stop working! Stay all in and sold out!

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