LISTEN: The Lifestyle of the Messengers of Christ, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 767 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,132 since Jan. 1, 2016 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 10:1-4

1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;

3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;

4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

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R.T. France said, “There is a striking parallel between the mission of the disciples and that of Jesus himself. The words they preach are the same as Jesus’ words. And their acts of healing cover practically all the types of Jesus’ healing miracles. Their mission is an extension of his, for which they are vested with his authority.”

In our last message from this passage, we dealt with the underlying principle in all of the efforts of the messengers of Christ. That underlying principle and driving force is the power of God. Jesus gave His disciples power before sending them out on their evangelistic mission. And it is only through His power that they were able to cast out unclean spirits to heal diseases and to preach the Gospel. As we continue looking at the instructions that Jesus gives His disciples, we notice three principles that we can apply to our own lives as messengers of Christ.

First, the messengers of Christ go where He tells them. Jesus could have told His disciples to go wherever they wanted as long as they preached the Gospel. But Jesus gave them specific instructions on where to go and where not to go. “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Jesus had a specific reason for His messengers to go to the Jews with the Gospel first. He Himself had told the Samaritan woman that “salvation is of the Jews” and it was only right that they receive every opportunity to accept their promised Messiah first. This likely made sense to the nationalist-minded Jewish disciples who repeatedly expressed concern in the gospels about the “house of Israel” being restored.

Robert Gundry writes in his commentary, “The prohibition against taking a road into any Gentile territory and against entering any Samaritan city limit the twelve apostles initially to Galilee and to the Jews living there. Thus the apostles’ ministry follows the pattern of Jesus’ ministry, which began in Galilee. This correlation will be strengthened later by the stated limitation of his ministry ‘to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ Exceptionally, some Gentiles do believe in Jesus during His ministry; but a planned mission to Gentiles doesn’t start until after the Jewish authorities have engineered His crucifixion and He has risen from the dead—that is, not until the kingdom has been transferred to the church. The present limitation belongs to an initial stage alone, and rests on the correlation between the ministries of Jesus and the Twelve. Like teacher, like disciples.”

Today, our world is much larger than that of the Twelve Disciples. On a daily basis, you and I are likely to cross paths with people from more nationalities and ethnic groups than the disciples would have met in a lifetime. If the call of evangelism has been placed on your life — and, in some sense, it has been placed on all of our lives — you may become concerned about trying to reach everyone with the Gospel. Logically, it is impossible for you to reach all people, or even all people groups, with the Gospel. But, with God, all things are possible, and that is why He directs His messengers and missionaries to specific people groups through prayer, through assignment, through circumstance, and through the leading of the Holy Spirit.

We see this principle at work in Acts 16, where Paul and Silas were on a missionary journey through modern-day Turkey. After going through Galatia, Luke writes that they “were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia.” So, they decided to go to Bythinia, but again, “the Spirit suffered them not.” So, they went to Troas, and as they stayed the night there, Paul heard the famous Macedonian call. In a dream, a Macedonian man came to him, saying, “Come over and help us.” Luke writes, “Immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.”

Did the people of Asia and Bythinia need to hear the Gospel? Of course. But, at this time, God wanted Paul and Silas to preach the Gospel in Macedonia. When God has called you to a specific location or group of people, it is not for you to be concerned about what is happening at other locations or with other groups of people. It is not for you to tell God, “Well, what about these people?” or, “What about this task?” We all ought to be concerned that the Gospel reach the whole world. But God wants the whole world to hear the Gospel infinitely more than we do. If everyone in the church answered their calling and abided in their calling and station of ministry, God’s work would be done and everyone who needs to hear the Gospel will hear it. The messengers of Christ go where He tells them.

Fanny Crosby wrote:

Christians, wake, no longer sleep;
Shall we rest while others weep?
Shall we sit with folded hands
When the Lord Himself commands?

Go and work! this hour begin;
Go and seek the lost to win;
From the dark abodes of sin,
To the feast, oh, bring them in!

Do we love the Savior’s name?
Can our faith His promise claim?
Have we pledged to Him our all?
Shall we not obey His call?

There’s a cross that we must bear
If the crown we hope to wear:
Onward, then, with vigor new;
Time is short, the days are few.

Go and work! this hour begin;
Go and seek the lost to win;
From the dark abodes of sin,
To the feast, oh, bring them in!

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Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.