Making a difference
Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits. He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes. “Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same house until you leave town. But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.” So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God. Mark 6:6-12
From the text, the Lord Jesus Christ gave the disciples specific instructions as to how they would go spreading the message of the gospel. The details of the items on what they would bring with them were to probe their dependence upon God. When the disciples found a home that was receptive to them, they were to stay there until they left the town. If they observed this principle, they would not bring offense to their message by searching out better accommodations than what they had already accepted. God’s call to be involved in the expansion of His kingdom by sharing the gospel could be overwhelming. Yet, all He wants from us is to be obedient to His call and be dependent on His provisions. There is a great need around us but we can only be effective and responsible for those we come in contact with, and with God's help, we will make a difference in their lives. Instead of getting overwhelmed with the enormity of the task, let us just pour out our energy to those that we are in proximity--our family, the people whom God brought into our lives. We can touch and make an impact in the lives of the few. Let us be faithful and trust that God will bless the effort we will exert so we can make a difference.
Noel De Guzman