Sharing the Faith

Matthew 10: 7-15
Hos 11:1-4,8e-9 / Psa 80

…make this proclamation, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
(Matthew 10:7)

We shall not lack for provision
In our mission to serve the Lord;
Nor should we seek compensation,
Being chosen’s 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 upcoming nine-week (6th) Christian Life Program, we will most likely order more than a hundred souvenir t-shirts for our participants and service teams, even if we are not sure that our funds will be able to cover the cost. Instead of worrying about it, we simply decided to pray for God’s provision. Past experiences have shown that many of our members can be relied upon for their generosity.

Our mission team had the same predisposition when it 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 whatever we needed. Our mission team simply “rushed headlong into the fray” when we had found a suitable venue to hold our Saturday breakfast meetings. Our primary concern was simply to compile a list of prospective participants. We never 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 in our favor. That outreach is now a 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.” Our salvation is in Your will; may we follow it for the rest of our life. Amen.

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