Take Nothing For The Journey…
“He [Jesus] told them [the Disciples] Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic.”
What if Jesus knocked on your door?
When you went to the door and He said “follow me.”
Would you say ok?
Let’s just say you did say ok. What would be the next thing you would say? Would it be “Wait a minute; I will be right with you. Let me get my suitcase of clothes, my wallet, my credit cards and identification. I need my car keys and a few snacks for the road. I need to stop by the atm to pick up some cash.”
Jesus would say “forget it; I will go and get someone else for this journey.”
What did He say to his Disciple in Luke 9:3. “Take nothing.”
Do you realize the significance of that?
He is telling them that to go on this journey with Him they are going to have to go on faith.
Let’s imagine that. They don’t have extra clothing. They don’t have money or food. They are going to have to rely on the charity of people to help them as they go along.
What does God ask of us? To live a life by faith.
How many of us do that? Hardly any of us.
What do you rely on? If you own a house, what do you probably have? Insurance. If the house burns, you have a way to replace it. If you own a car, what do you have [notice I left off probably since it is the law to have insurance]. If you wreck the car, you have a way to replace it. You may not want to work all your life so you are investing in a retirement plan of some kind. You are socking money away so it can grow and you can withdraw it when you are not working in your retirement years. Say you are not so trusting of Wall Street. What are you doing? Maybe you are buying precious metals or investing in real estate.
“You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” is in Matthew 8:26 as Jesus spoke to the Disciples as they were being tossed on the sea. He knew he could still the raging waters and he wondered why they were so afraid of the storm, with Him on board.
Why are we so afraid?
Is it the constant bombardment of the media as we hear story after story of people who are suffering? Is it the economists who warn us about the impending economic collapse? Is it the presidential candidates who say very negative things about the state of the world, so they can get us to vote for them? They will save us.
Why are we so afraid?
We lack faith.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”…Matthew 6: 25-27
Jesus is trying to reason with us in these verses. Look at what God is doing for the birds. God loves the birds and he cares for them. God loves people also. If God loves birds and cares for birds, God will love people and care for people too.
Without getting too technical, this is deductive reasoning and it should work but it doesn’t. We may be able to say yes to the statement God loves birds. We may be able to say yes to the statement that God cares for the birds. It is that third part that bothers us. God loves people; therefore God will care for people. That is the part that requires faith.
“God will love you and God will care for you.”
We just have to hedge our bets, don’t we?
If Jesus came to the front door and said “follow me” we will probably say “Wait a minute…”
When we go back to the door, guess what…He will be gone.