TEXT: Matthew 10:5-10
5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
Hudson Taylor said, “Depend on it. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. He is too wise a God to frustrate His purposes for lack of funds, and He can just as easily supply them ahead of time as afterwards.”
From this passage, we have examined what the messengers of Christ are to do when they are sent forth anywhere, whether in the local community or in a mission field abroad. Now, Jesus instructs His messengers regarding how they should go forth, specifically what they should not take with them.
He says, “Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses.” In other words, ‘Don’t take any money with you.’ Coins made of gold and silver were of higher denominations. Coins made of brass or copper were like our pennies and nickels. R.T. France points out that the word translated as ‘provide’ “is literally ‘obtain.’ [This] assures the disciples that no previous fund-raising is necessary, nor does any special equipment need to be acquired. They can go just as they are, [because] the mission is urgent.”
Further more Jesus tells His messengers not to take a “scrip” — what we would call a travel bag — for storing food and supplies. Nor should they take “two coats” or tunics, as one tunic would do. Shoes and staves likewise should be left behind. Some commentators believe Jesus was only banning the ‘soft leather’ shoes (similar to mocassins) from being worn; in favor of ‘hard leather’ sandals due to the distances that they would be walking. Most people who planned to travel on foot for any length of time would automatically bring a stave or staff, but the messengers of Christ are even to leave that behind.
Now, to our minds, all this seems rather ridiculous. Who would go on a trip — even a missionary trip — without money, food, clothes, and the right kind of gear? However, Jesus isn’t teaching His disciples a lesson in poverty. Instead, He is teaching them a lesson in dependence on the sovereignty and supply of God. Leon Morris writes in his commentary, “The accumulation of things not to be taken emphasizes the point that they are to go as they are. They are not to make elaborate preparations for their journey. The unspoken thought is that God would surely supply their need and that they are not to rely on their own resources and ingenuity. There may also be a reference to [Jewish tradition] that a man ‘may not enter into the Temple Mount with his staff or his sandal or his wallet, or with the dust upon his feet.’ If this is in mind, the meaning is that they must not give even the appearance of doing anything other than serving God.”
Too often, we go about our evangelistic work thinking that as long as we have a certain amount of money, a certain number of monthly supporters, the right kind of resources, and a tested strategy, we can do all things. But the Bible teaches that we ought to rely on Christ alone, especially when doing the work of Christ. We can do all things, including every manner of mission work, through Christ. As long as we are depending on our smarts or our resources or our fundraising prowess, we will never accomplish all that God has for us to accomplish. But when we rely solely on God, we can do His work in His way in the world.
James W. Gaines wrote:
Go forth and tell the story
Of God’s redeeming love,
The message of salvation
As given from above.
The souls of every nation
Are precious in His sight;
Oh, give to them the Gospel
That they may see the light!
The Savior came from Heaven,
This mission to fulfill,
That sin might be forgiven
And all might know His will.
Then send the Gospel message
Wherever sin may be,
At home, and to the nations
Across the rolling sea.
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.