Sharing the Faith

Matthew 10: 7-15
Gen 44:18-29,45:1-5 / 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

Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son, was sold as a slave in Egypt with nothing but the shirt on his back. And yet, because of him, the whole world at that time, by God’s favor, survived the seven years of famine. The story of Joseph, “the Dreamer” (1st reading) shows us that we do not need anything but faith in God to accomplish His miracles in our lives. In Romans 8:28 Paul said, “God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” We came into this world with nothing, and with nothing we will leave it. But as long as we are alive in this life, we must keep on giving what we have, because everything that we own, except our sin, comes from God, and just like Joseph, God will use our giving for somebody’s good.

This brings to mind the time 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 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 chapter.

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 steal nor moth destroy” (Lk.12:33b) will certainly give us returns that no other investment on earth can compare.

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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