“One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. “Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes.”
Luke 9:1-3 NLT
LEARNING TO TRAVEL LIGHT
A couple of months ago we took a well-needed vacation. I’m travelling all the time for speaking engagements but it’s just not the same as taking a vacation. No matter how hard I try, I never have enough room in my luggage for everything I want to bring. As usual, my suitcase was overfull so I had to put stuff in Todd’s suitcase and in Brandon’s. On our mission’s trip to Guatemala it was no different. I had stuff in Todd’s suitcase. If there’s a course on Learning to Travel Light I need to sign up!
The gospels record how Jesus told the disciples to pack for their mission trip. Jesus sends the disciples out without luggage, “not even a change of clothes” Luke says! I’m not sure I would cut it on one of Jesus’ mission’s trips??? All joking aside, I don’t think Jesus really cares about how stuffed our suitcases are.
In this Scripture, He’s trying to teach the disciples and us that we don’t need anything more than his authority and power when we go out to reach people for Him.
I think the best way to travel light is to unpack the baggage in our lives and let God heal our hearts. When we do that our ‘bags’ are lighter and we are freer. Light enough to run after God’s plan for our destiny.
As you plan out this week, ask the Father if there’s anything in your overstuffed suitcase that He wants to free you from along the journey of Learning to Travel Light.
Father…I thank You for being so patient with me and not getting frustrated with the junk in my suitcase. Help me to open it up to You and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what needs to go. Let me be diligent in getting rid of whatever You know is hindering me from following hard after You. In Jesus Name…Amen
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YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community – Barbara Bradford Ottinger
FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell