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Jesus was homeless.
He said, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58 NIV.) Although we know Jesus was a carpenter by trade, there is no mention of Him doing carpentry once He started His ministry. So He was also technically unemployed. We know that others supported Him. “Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.” (Luke 8:3 NIV.) This is not shocking. It is the model for churches sending out missionaries even today.
Not only that, but Jesus asked the 72 to do the same. He sent them out, two by two, to heal the sick and tell them about the Kingdom of God. “Go!” He said, “I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals;” (Like 11:3-4 NIV)
When Jesus sent out the twelve, He gave them similar instructions. ““Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.” (Matthew 10:9-10 NIV)
How scary is that! Can you imagine the reaction? Suppose two men came knocking at our door in dirty clothes with no money and wanted to tell us about the Kingdom of heaven. Would we welcome them in?
No wonder Jesus said He was sending them out as lambs among wolves! I am pretty sure that I would not have been prepared to go out on such a mission. Is that because I don’t trust Jesus or that I am not fully committed? I don’t know. I can only take comfort in the fact that He only selected the seventy two and not all His followers to go out in such a way. Others served Him in different ways, like the women who supported Him and His disciples and the man who lent Jesus his donkey and colt, or the family who prepared the upper room for the Passover celebration.
Lord Jesus, I call You, Lord, but is that really how I treat You? Being a Christian is much harder than I thought. Please forgive me when I ignore Your voice or allow fears and insecurities to paralyze me. I trust that You know what You are doing, You understand exactly who I am and You will make sure to lead me gently in the paths You wish me to take. Amen.