Vs. 7, “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.” In our previous chapter, Jesus would remind them the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. Now we see Jesus take action and send out the twelve apostles (sent out ones) into the kingdom. The Lord would first send them out to the Jews and then to the Gentiles, this was a different calling than Jesus would give to the church in Matthew 28. I’m sure there was much hesitation, but Jesus would remind them that they would be provided all things. In fact, they were not to bring anything with them! It would not be easy, but it would be a ministry of faith. Jesus would exhort them to be both wise and innocent (vs. 16).
Regarding application…Finding Our Life. Vs. 39, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Jesus is reminding his apostles as well as us that to follow him is going to mean we must die to ourselves. Remember the beatitudes in chapter 5? We are blessed when we go through persecution, we are blessed when we are poor, when we are meek, when we mourn. When we find our lives in Christ, Jesus would tell us don’t be surprised if not only the world hates us…but our own families turn against us. We cannot love our family more than we love God (vs. 37). Once you venture forth into being a young adult, YOU must choose your path. I see the pressures so many of you have to fulfill the dreams of your family and friends. They want you to be a Doctor, Engineer, etc. Brothers and sisters…the life you have belongs to God! Lose YOUR life and God will help you find the life HE has for you!