Sharing the Faith

Matthew 10: 7-15
Gen 44:18-21,23b-29,45:1-5 / Psa 105

As you go, make this proclamation, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
(Mat.10:7)

We shall not lack for provision
In our mission to serve the Lord;
Nor should we seek compensation,
Being chosen is enough reward.

(Jesus instructed His apostles): “As you go, make this proclamation, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give. Take no gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you depart. As you enter the house, salute it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town. (Matthew 10:7-15)

Reflection

The instructions of our Lord to His apostles when He sent them on the mission to proclaim the kingdom of God may very well apply to His modern-day missionaries two thousand years later. In our own ministry to proclaim His Word, Jesus doesn’t want us to worry, but to trust fully in God’s providence, just as His apostles did in Palestine.

In our nine-week Christian Life Program, we had decided to order more than seventy souvenir t-shirts for our participants and service team members when we learned that our funds were running low. But instead of worrying about it, we decided to pray for God’s provision. A few days later, our Treasurer informed us that one of the participants donated ₱15,000.00 to the program.

This brought to mind the same situation when our mission team started to establish an outreach in the city of Gen. Santos in North Cotabato many years ago. We had not bothered to raise the needed funds for the project, nor even prepared a budget, confident that through the generosity of our community’s members, God would provide what we needed. Our mission team simply “rushed headlong into the fray” when we had found a suitable venue to hold our Saturday breakfast meetings, and we had compiled a list of more than sixty prospective members. We have no recollection that we ever worried about provisions or resources in the three years that we spent building up and nurturing that community. The effort was certainly a challenge in terms of distance and time, but it seemed as if the Holy Spirit had arranged everything else for us. That outreach is now a thriving tribe of believers.

Without cost we have received our faith, so it is only fitting that we should not worry about the cost of spreading the Good News of our Savior. Besides, investing our time and resources on something as valuable as God’s “inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy” (Lk.12:33b) will certainly give us returns that no other investment on earth can compare with.

Father God, Provider of all things seen and unseen, we put our total confidence in Your will, believing the words of our Lord Jesus when He said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” The kingdom is Your will; may we follow it for the rest of our life. Amen.

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