June 10, 2018
MATTHEW 10:1-8 WHAT’S OUR BUSINESS? AND, HOW’S BUSINESS?
Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
- Jesus is clear; his followers are sent out to engage in GOD’S BUSINESS.
- Early Christians practiced what they called “Works of mercy” that they saw as the norm for Jesus’ followers.
Seven focused on physical needs Seven focused on Spiritual needs
Feeding the hungry Converting the sinner
Giving drink to the thirsty Instructing the ignorant
Clothing the naked Counseling the doubtful
Harboring the stranger Comforting the sorrowful
Visiting the sick Bearing wrongs patiently
Ministering to prisoners Forgiving injuries
Burying the dead Praying for others
- All of us are GIFTED in some way with skills and abilities to use for God’s Kingdom. Unused gifts are simply a waste.
- Three things happen when we invest in our giftedness:
- There are people who come to know Jesus because of our EFFORTS.
- God is GLORIFIED because we are using what we have been given by Him.
- We are entrusted with more OPPORTUNITIES.