Google+ 06/14/13 Always Choose Your Words Wisely!

Matthew 10:5-7

 

Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions:

“Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep.

Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.

 

The message that Jesus gave to His disciples after their calling was extremely clear.  Notice that this instruction occurs sometime after their calling.  Jesus did not call His disciples together and send them out to preach a message the next day.  There needed to be a period of instruction.  Jesus needed to be an example for these men.  They needed to not only hear what Jesus had to say, the disciples required a physical, living example.  This is one of the single biggest mistakes we Christians make in churches today.  Many churches work hard to evangelize and bring new people into their church.  These new Christians are excited about the feeling of love that they experience, away from the world.  Then we do the absolute worst thing we could do.  In their Christian infancy, we put them in a leadership position!  We need to learn a lesson from Jesus.  It takes time to disciple the "Won!"  We need to lead by example as they watch.  Of course, they are enthusiastic about their new life circumstances.  Who wouldn't be?  We simply must be patient and train these new people.  This is why Jesus told the disciples to stay away from the Gentiles and the Samaritans.  Jesus called these new disciples to preach to the lost sheep of Israel.  By doing this, they would have some base to start with as they spoke to each of these lost folks.  Finally, the message they were to preach was the same as the one we should preach today.  All of us should go and announce that the Kingdom of Heaven is near!  We will continue this devotion on both Saturday and Sunday to explore all of the instructions and warnings that Jesus gives the disciples, and hence to us!  Don't be blinded by worldly enthusiasm and excitement.  The work we have to do for God is serious business and the danger is that we will hurt people with our tongues if we are not properly trained.  Listen carefully to the Holy Spirit as Jesus guides and trains us.  Remember and follow Jesus's instructions to the letter, "Always Choose Your Words Wisely!"