Do What Jesus Did

Posted: November 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

Luke 9:1-9, “Do What Jesus Did”

WWJD.  If you were an evangelical in the early 2000’s, you remember the slogan well.  You may have even worn a plastic wristband with the initials embossed upon it, reminding you to ask yourself "What Would Jesus Do?".  The phrase actually comes from the Charles Sheldon classic, "In His Steps," in which a pastor of a local church challenges his congregation to take a year-long trial of only doing the things that Jesus did. Newspaper editors decided to stop publishing articles about fights, railroad operators reported shady business dealings, etc.  Not everything in the book is commendable (some of the late 19th century attitudes are very much a product of their time), but the overall idea is good.  What is it that Jesus would do?  Do that.

Of course, we could take it a step further: instead of asking "What would Jesus do," ask "What would Jesus have you to do?"  Being the Son of God, the Lord Jesus might do any number of things He would not ask us to do, such as read someone’s mind or walk on water.  But that said, having a general guideline of acting according to Jesus’ desires and character, is a good one!

The WWJD principle is in play with the disciples as Luke 9 begins.  Jesus sends the 12 on a mission to do the things He has done, and they do it.  And it makes a difference.  When Christians look and act like Christ, the world takes notice.

Remember the context Luke has given us: Jesus has just demonstrated massive amount of authority.  First Jesus showed His authority over the natural world when He calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee.  Next He showed His authority over the spiritual world when He cast out the legion of demons from the man living in the graveyard among the Gerasenes.  Finally, Jesus showed His authority over our physical bodies when He cured a woman of a 12 year old chronic hemorrhage, and raised a 12 year old girl from the dead.  There is no limit to the authority of Jesus as God the Son; the proper response from us is to have faith in Him & believe.

With that in mind, what happens next?  Jesus delegates some of that same authority to His apostles.  He sends them out to do the same things that He has been doing right in front of Him.  Just as some college classes have a pratical lab, so did the seminary of the disciples get a lab when Jesus sent them out all over Galilee on a short-term mission trip.  As they went, they attracted all kinds of attention, which was only natural.  Not all of the attention led to peoples’ salvation, but it certainly put their eyes upon Jesus.  They’d eventually have to a make a decision of their own what to do with Him.

That much hasn’t changed.  Jesus has sent us out to continue the work He gave the disciples, and to put the eyes of others upon Jesus.  What decision they come to is up to them.

Luke 9:1–9

  • Disciples’ Commission (5 aspects)

1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.

  • 1st: Power.  Technically, Jesus gave “power and authority” to the disciples.  These are two different Greek words, though they could be thought of as synonyms.  “Power” (δυναμις) is idea of might, strength, ability, or (depending on the context) miraculous power.  “Authority” (εξουσια) refers more to freedom of choice, right, or jurisdiction.  Combined, this is the idea of complete enabling.  Not only did Jesus give them the ability/strength to do the work, He gave them the jurisdiction in which to act.  There was nothing that Jesus left out.  What Jesus called them to do, Jesus equipped them to do.
    • That’s always the case.  Jesus never calls us to a task He will not equip us to handle.  That’s not to say all Christians are destined to succeed in every venture.  Sometimes, the equipping comes in grace to endure.  It may be strength and patience to enable us to share in the sufferings of Christ.  But even then, it’s still exactly what we need.  If Jesus gives you the task, He will give you the power that is required.
    • The key for us is to turn to Him for it!  Too often, Christians see commands in the Scriptures, get overwhelmed, and then just turn around & run the other way.  (Especially when it comes to evangelism, which is the primary context here!)  But this is something that Jesus empowers every Christian to do.  We’re all called, so we can all be equipped.  Granted, not every born-again believer has the spiritual gift of being an “evangelist” as one of the offices of the church (such as prophet, pastor, etc.) – but every Christian can do evangelism.
  • How can we tell?  Just look at how many disciples were given this power & authority from Christ: all “twelve.”  Each and every apostle of Jesus was empowered the same way for the same task – from Peter to Judas.  That itself is amazing!  Even Judas was empowered by Jesus to perform miracles in the process of preaching the gospel…and there’s every indication that he did it!  Keep in mind that although the role of Judas Iscariot was known by God since before the foundation of the world, it wasn’t necessarily known by anyone else until it unfolded.  At one time, Judas was a faithful disciple.  At first, he seemed to be a born-again believer, even outwardly preaching the gospel.  Was he a false convert?  Apparently so, but it wasn’t obvious.  There aren’t always obvious outward signs, at least, not at first.  That’s why it’s necessary for people to examine themselves and their own faith (2 Cor 13:5).  No one knows what is in your heart, except you & God.  Outwardly, you might seem to be a faithful believer (even sharing the gospel with others), while inwardly you know the truth.
    • The good news in all of this is that no one need remain a false convert.  You can choose to put your faith & trust in Jesus & receive the absolute assurance that you belong to Him.  …
  • Along with the equal empowerment of the 12 is the idea of a lack of hierarchy among them.  No doubt there were different roles for each of them, and even at this time, a few of the apostles were obvious leaders among them, but there were no “super” apostles with “better” gifts.  Peter was no more gifted for ministry than Thaddeus.  They were each empowered by Jesus, and they each could do the same work.
    • Likewise, there are various roles & gifts among the Body of Christ, but there are not different levels of Christians.  One believer might be more mature than another, or more knowledgeable or experienced than another, but no Christian is more saved than another.  No Christian has more access to the Holy Spirit than anyone else.  Not everyone takes advantage of that access, but the same opportunities to be filled & empowered by the Spirit are available to all Christians.
    • Perhaps the question for you is: if that’s you, why?  What’s stopping you?  Do you feel weak – unable to do the things God has placed before you?  Be filled with the Holy Spirit!  Receive His power & enabling.
  • For us, spiritual gifts vary according to our role & calling.  For the 12 (at least at this time), the gifts were the same.  They each received power “over all demons, and to cure diseases.”  Which demons?  ALL demons.  What diseases?  There is no limit mentioned.  The implication is that if Jesus could do it, so could the disciples.  Jesus was just shown casting out a legion of demons from a single man, curing incurable diseases, and even raising the dead.  It is this same power that He delegated to His disciples.  The miraculous things He had done all over Galilee were the things they were to do as well.
    • Question: Is this an open invitation to us as well?  Yes & no.  Jesus gave power to the disciples to do these things at that time for that mission.  This was obviously prior to the cross & resurrection.  Later, Jesus would tell the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the power of the Holy Spirit, who had not yet come upon them (Acts 1:8).  Thus the power that Jesus gave them at this particular time seemed to be temporary.  That said, we live in the age of the Church, in which the power of the Holy Spirit is available to us at all times (Eph 5:18).  Whatever Jesus wants us to do, we can do.  Occasionally, that might be casting out demons or healing diseases – but that is by no means guaranteed.  The key is to rely upon Christ & His power, seeking His will in all things.
  • That was their power.  Why did they receive it?  Vs. 2…

2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

  • 2nd: Purpose.  All of this miraculous power wasn’t given for the simple benefit of the apostles; this power was needed for them to do what Jesus wanted them to do: (1) preach, and (2) heal. But before we get to the specifics, notice that the 12 were “sent” out by Jesus.  They had not chosen this mission for themselves; they were chosen by Christ.  They did not represent themselves; they represented the One who sent them.  They were ambassadors & messengers of Someone else: Jesus. 
    • Likewise with us.  We have been sent out by Jesus.  We have been chosen to represent Him as His ambassadors.  This is all part of the Great Commission.  Every Christians is included in this call & the sending.  Not every Christian chooses to participate in it.  (Do you?)
  • The first thing Jesus sent the apostles to do was “preach the kingdom of God.”  This is the act of proclamation.  Like a royal herald might go out ahead of his liege and proclaim / announce his soon arrival, so do we do with our King Jesus.  We announce the dual fact that not only has the Kingdom of Christ arrived, but that our King is soon returning & that His kingdom will finally be fulfilled when He arrives.
    • There is a kingdom of God, and people will see it.  The question is whether or not people will see it as included citizens or as excluded enemies.  Everyone is invited, and everyone can come in.  Jesus made it possible – all we need to do is respond through faith.
  • The fact that the kingdom of God is to be preached tells us something about the method of proclamation: words are required.  A famous quote (falsely) attributed to St. Francis of Assisi says “Preach the gospel at all times.  Use words if necessary.”  With all due respect to Francis (of whom there is no record that he ever uttered such a thing), words are always necessary.  The love of Christ can be demonstrated many ways, some being silent (and actions that follow our words are essential – even shown here in our text).  But the gospel of salvation is something that must be verbalized, without exception.  Be it written or spoken, words are a requirement.  As Paul wrote to the Romans: Romans 10:17, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."  God has ordained that His salvation message is to be preached.  We dare not neglect it.
  • That’s not to say preaching was the only thing the disciples did.  The second thing Jesus sent them to do was to “heal the sick.” If the 1st part was verbal, the 2nd was action.  Preaching certainly needs the power of God, but so does healing.  Neither demons nor disease can be tackled without the empowerment of Jesus.  It wouldn’t matter one iota how hard any of the disciples willed a disease to be healed…without divine power, it wouldn’t happen.
    • That fact has not changed for today.  God still heals, based upon His will.  Sometimes He uses miracles – other times He uses medicine.  Either way, it’s still by His power.  You can have the best doctor in the world, but without the power & will of God, you’re going to remain sick.
    • BTW – in vs. 1 a distinction is made between demons & disease.  In vs. 2, there is a lump sum sending to “heal the sick.”  The Bible does distinguish between physical & spiritual afflictions, but at the end of the day, it’s all still sickness.  Someone accosted by the enemy is in no less need of help than someone infected with a dangerous virus.  Both need to be healed – both need the power of Jesus.  Whatever your illness (physical, emotional, spiritual), take it to Christ!

3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.

  • 3rd: Provision.  So the disciples have their mission, and the basic power with which to do it.  What about provisions for the road?  They weren’t to take any.  Just as they trusted God to give them power to preach, heal, and cast out demons, so they needed to trust God to provide for all of the mundane things required for the trip: food, money, clothes, etc.  The basic idea is that they were to hit the road with almost nothing except the clothes on their backs, and watch for God to provide the rest along the way.
  • Question: Was Jesus basically telling them not to plan?  Yes.  Does Jesus tell us not to make plans?  No.  Again, this was a specific mission for specific people at a specific time.  Later, when Jesus is preparing for the cross, He once more tells His disciples about their own journeys to be taken as they preach the gospel.  At that time, Jesus reverses some of the things He says here, telling them to take a moneybag, knapsack, and sword (Lk 22:36).  Thus preparation is not evil or forbidden – it is actually quite wise!  It is foolish to begin a project without a plan to complete it.  Thus there must be something else going on here, and there is.  Here in Ch. 9, there is a reason that Jesus told them to take nothing: He wanted them to learn how to trust God as their Provider.
    • This isn’t something that comes naturally to too many people.  It’s far easier to trust ourselves than the Lord, because we thing we’ve got more control over things that way.  (We don’t, but we fool ourselves into thinking that we do.)  Ultimately, God is always our Provider, even when we’ve made plans & packed our suitcases.  But sometimes we need to see this in more obvious ways.  That’s what Jesus wanted for the 12.  As they went out, they would know their provision came from the Lord, because they had no other options!  As a result, God would get all of the glory.
    • This is something of which we need to be often reminded.  Yes, we make our plans – yes, we need to be proactive – but in all things, we are to look to our Heavenly Father for provision, ensuring that He receives the glory.
  • What were some of the things Jesus mentioned, as things to be left behind?
    • Staffs”: There is actually a bit of controversy on this, when the three synoptic gospels are compared side-by-side.  Matthew 10:10 says not to take a staff, while Mark 6:8 makes an exception for a single staff.  Various solutions have been proposed, with the most likely being a restriction from Jesus on taking more than one staff.  It’s possible that more than one type of staff was involved, or that this could refer to the common tendency of packing more than what is absolutely necessary.  Either way, Jesus’ intent is clear: travel light & trust God.  (That’s a good motto for life!)
    • Bag”: This isn’t any old bag or knapsack, but a specific reference to a type of money bag.  Some travelling preachers were known to use this type of bag for financial offerings.  When Jesus told them not to take this bag with them, He was basically saying “Don’t pass the plate,” nor give the impression that the disciples were begging for money.  The gospel was to go out free of charge, without the taint of fundraising getting in the way.
      • Is it permanently wrong to receive an offering?  No.  Again, these were specific instructions for a specific mission.  At the same time, churches do need to be careful not to let money get in the way of the gospel.  As Matthew records in the parallel passage: Matthew 10:8, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give."  Money is a necessity for all kinds of things, and Jesus and the others did apparently receive some financial gifts during the three years of His ministry.  Luke 8 began with accounts of some of the women providing sustenance for Jesus & the disciples (8:2-3), and there was enough money among them that Judas was charged with carrying the moneybox (Jn 12:6).  After the resurrection, it is apparent that the early church received financial offerings from the people (Acts 4:32-37, etc.).  But at no time did these offerings interfere with the gospel.  Neither the 12 nor anyone from the early church made financial giving a prerequisite for becoming a Christian.  The gospel was (and is) always a free gift!
    • bread…money”:  Self-explanatory.  Jesus basically told them not even to pack a lunch nor take their wallets.  This was even more restrictive than what they did on a normal day with Jesus, but again, Jesus was teaching them a lesson.  If they truly prayed for God to provide their daily bread, then they needed to learn what it was like to be in a situation in which God was all they had.  While on this trip, if God didn’t provide for them, they’d go hungry.  Keep in mind, they weren’t allowed to ask for handouts – so this had to be solely provided as God laid it on the hearts of others to feed them, or as they found food along the way.  What were the results?  No one starved.  All of them must have eaten at some point, and there’s no record of anyone complaining.  God must have done all right.  J
      • How much do you think your prayer life would change if you were placed in the same situation?  When do you think would happen in your relationship with God if you were forced to trust Him?  (Short-term mission trips are great for this sort of thing…)
    • two tunics”: These were the chitons, the garments over which the cloak was placed.  Think of it as the long night-shirt sort of clothing commonly worn by the people of the day.  Jesus told them that not even a change of clothes was permitted.  The 12 would have to trust that their clothing would not wear out on the journey, or that their needs would be met along the way.  (Not unlike how Israel trusted God during their wilderness wanderings.)

4 “Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”

  • 5th: Practice.  Jesus goes on to describe the method He wanted His disciples to use as they travelled.  Once more, Jesus emphasizes their dependence upon God.  God would have to give them both lodging and favor in a town as they preached the gospel.  And once God provided it, the disciples ought not abuse it.  That’s the idea behind staying in one person’s home while in a particular city.  It’s not that Jesus wanted to burden any one family, or force houseguests upon them.  On the contrary – Jesus wanted to honor anyone who took His disciples into his/her home.  In that culture, hospitality was a mark of distinction, and would insult the host for the disciples to move from house to house every night.  The host would want the disciples to stay as guests for as long as possible.  Besides that, if the disciples continually changed homes, it may be viewed as a kind of manipulation for financial gifts, as if the disciples were trying to “hit up” many different people for more money and provisions.  Better to remain in one place, which both honors the host & maintains a reputation of humility.
  • Of course this all assumes that the disciples were welcomed into town.  What if they weren’t?  Jesus told them not to remain there.  Instead, they were to treat that town as a Jew might treat a Gentile city of the day, and “shake off” the dust from his feet as he left.  At that point, the residents of the city chose to remain in their defiling sin, so the disciples had permission to act accordingly in response.  Question: Was Jesus giving the disciples permission to give up?  It depends on what you mean by “giving up.”  If the town didn’t want to hear the gospel, then yes, the disciples had permission to move on.  There were too many other villages to visit, and time was short.  If one town didn’t want to hear about the kingdom of God, then the disciples needed to find another that did.  That’s not to say God didn’t care about the rejecting town – He did give them a chance to hear the gospel, after all.  But God is not going to force anyone to believe.  No one is saved apart from a sovereign act of God, but God in His sovereignty still chooses to involve our free will.  People can (and do) choose not to respond to God’s love and grace.  It is a foolish decision, and not one that God desires for them, but He will allow them to make it.  In the meantime, what do the rest of us do as Christians?  Move on.  There over 7.4 billion people on planet earth, and each of them needs Jesus.  If one person refuses to listen to the gospel, find another who will.
    • With all of this in mind, remember that salvation is not a sales pitch.  No one gets talked into the gospel.  We exercise our free will in coming to Christ, but no one comes to Him through human effort.  Thus when the disciples (and us) move on to other people, we haven’t really “given up” on anyone.  To “give up” assumes that we could do more for them to be saved.  As if we could make a better argument, use a different technique, or find something that will bring success.  That line of thinking makes salvation a human activity, which it is not.  The only thing we do in saving people is preach the gospel – to present Jesus to them.  Once that has been done, the rest is a mysterious interaction between the sovereign will of God & the free will of men.  If we have to move on to someone else, we have not failed nor given up.  We’ve simply given the gospel to someone else who might actually hear & be saved.

6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

  • 5th: Performance.  Finally, the 12 put all of this instruction into action by actually doing what Jesus gave them to do.  They left their home base, went through the various towns, preached the gospel of the kingdom, and healed all kinds of diseases as they went.  It sounds basic, but it’s important.  They did it.  They did everything Jesus gave them to do.  Why is this so important?  Because this is the part we so often neglect!  We not the right things – we’ve learned the doctrine – we’ve studied the technique.  We’ve given mental assent to the commands of Jesus, recognizing His words as things we ought to do…we just haven’t done it.  We’ve gone right up to the edge, and stopped short of going over.  Instead, we give in to fear or uncertainty or laziness, and we spend our time thinking up all kinds of excuses why we haven’t obeyed our Lord Jesus.  “I don’t know what to say…  I don’t know when to introduce Jesus into the conversation…  The time just isn’t right…  This person won’t understand…  This person probably doesn’t want to hear…”  Those and 1000 other excuses are imagined and we talk ourselves out of what ought to be the most obvious of responses: Christians obeying Christ.
    • How many times have you (and I!) done it?  Far too many to count.  No more!  Draw a line in the sand, and make a commitment of “never again.”  If we call Jesus our “Lord,” we have an obligation to act as if He is.  Follow Him!  He said to go make disciples, so do it.  No more excuses – no more fear – no more laziness.  There’s a whole world filled with people who are lost & bound for hell…and we carry the news that can save them.  Apply the things that Jesus has said – put into practice the commands of Jesus.  Take a step of faith & obey Him.
    • That’s what it comes to, does it not?  Faith.  If we act in faith, we will act in obedience.  If not, we won’t.  We often give the 12 disciples a lot of grief, and there were definitely times that they messed up royally.  But not here.  Here, they actually obeyed.  They did far better than most of us, in that they went out & followed instruction.  Give credit where it is due: the disciples put it into practice.  So should we.  Have faith…obey Christ.
  • So the disciples acted in obedience & travelled all over the land as Jesus told them to do.  We can imagine that those wandering missionaries attracted a bit of attention, and they did – from no less than Herod.  Vs. 7…
  • Herod’s Confusion

7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, 8 and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.

  • Who was “Herod the tetrarch”?  This was Antipas, of whom was one of the successors to Herod the Great.  He (and three others) each received ¼ of Herod’s kingdom, Antipas being given responsibility over the region of Galilee, where Jesus & the disciples performed much of their ministry.  Considering the size of the crowds following Jesus from place-to-place, and incredible miracles performed by Him, and the fact that now these same miracles were being performed by His disciples in His name, it’s no wonder that news of Jesus had reached the ears of Herod.  This wasn’t just “another” Jewish teacher & rabbi; this was a Man with incredible power, which naturally raised all kinds of questions and concerns for a regional governor – particularly one who served at the whim of the Roman Empire.
  • What “perplexed” (thoroughly confused) Herod all the more were the various rumors floating around about Jesus’ identity.  The Jews did not believe in reincarnation (which was completely foreign to them), but the description sounds as if they might be open to the possibility.  Instead of taking Jesus at face value, they imagined Him to be a new or revived version of all kinds of people.  John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the other prophets were all options discussed by people, and Herod was confronted by each of these choices.  (Jesus later asks the disciples about these same rumors, at which time Peter gives his famous confession, believing Jesus to be the Christ – Lk 9:20.)  Herod didn’t quite know what to think, though he ruled out one option immediately.  Verse 9…

9 Herod said, “John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?” So he sought to see Him.

  • Out of all the list of possibilities, Jesus could not be John.  How come?  Herod had personally overseen John’s execution.  John had publicly spoken against Herod’s incestuous marriage, and Herod’s wife Herodias never forgave him for it.  Whereas Herod was content to leave John in prison (which is where he was the last time Luke referred to him – Lk 7:18-23), Herodias wanted him dead.  She devised a scheme to ensure his execution, and Herod eventually complied.  Even so, it seems that perhaps Herod’s conscience ate at him, and he couldn’t shake the feeling that he would have to answer for this.  So no, Jesus could not be John, but Jesus could certainly make Herod answer for John’s death.  Herod simply didn’t know what to make of Jesus.
  • In the end, Herod never did come to a conclusion about Christ.  Yes, he wished to see Jesus for himself, but Herod wasn’t interested in knowing whether or not Jesus was actually the Messiah; he just wanted to see a miracle worker.  Herod did eventually meet Jesus face-to-face just prior to the cross, but all Herod did at that time was try to order Jesus to be like a trained pet.  He wanted Jesus to do a miracle for his entertainment, and he mocked Jesus when Jesus refused to do it (Lk 23:6-12).  Herod didn’t care about truth – only his own personal power.
  • In a sense, Herod pictures the same sort of people that Jesus told the apostles about.  Some people just don’t want the gospel, and the proper response is to knock the dust off your feet and move on.  Herod wanted to see Jesus, but for all the wrong reasons.  Unless Herod humbled himself (which he didn’t), Jesus had no reason to engage him (and He didn’t).  To know the salvation of Christ, we have to acknowledge the Lordship of Christ.  Herod wanted Jesus to bow to him; not the other way around.  The gospel doesn’t work that way.  Yes, Jesus came to serve when He became a sacrifice for our sins at the cross, but He is not our servant; we are His.
  • Although Herod wanted to see Jesus for the wrong reasons, his solution is absolutely right on the mark.  It’s not enough to hear others talk about Jesus; we need to see Him for ourselves. We definitely need to hear others talk about Him, but once we do, we need to take the next step.  We need a personal experience with Him.  We need to interact with Him as the Living, Resurrected Son of God.  Without that kind of experience, we don’t know Jesus at all.  Think about it: as Christians, we confess that Jesus is God the Son who died for our sins at the cross & then rose from the dead.  We say that we believe that He forgives us of our sin, and grants us new & eternal life.  Every single bit of that is personal – it’s interactive – it speaks of a Jesus who is alive & working among His people (which He is & does).  That cannot merely be a bunch of head-knowledge.  It can’t be a simple collection of a bunch of theological facts.  That needs to be real.  No one is born-again unless God personally gives them a new birth.  That is something that is experienced, and we only experience it when we have a real experience with Jesus as the Living God.  We have to see Him for ourselves.
    • Ask yourself: is this how you know Jesus?  Do you know Him for yourself, or only through the testimony of others?  Do you know only the facts about Him, or do you know Jesus as you know your parents or children or friends?  He can & should be known.  You can know Him for yourself when you consciously put your faith & trust in Him as Lord.  

Luke is bringing his readers close to the end of Jesus’ Galilean ministry, but these are not random stories thrown together.  We’ve seen the power of Christ, and now we see it delegated.  And when it is, it is noticed.  When the disciples went out to do what Jesus did, Herod (and the rest of Galilee) stood up and took notice.  It was impossible for them to do otherwise.  When the Son of God acts, it cannot be ignored!

So what does that tell us?  Christians need to act like Christ.  We need to get busy acting like our Lord Jesus.  He has given us the power, our purpose, our provisions, and our method of practice – now we just need to put it into motion & perform the work.  Christian, what are you waiting for?  Haven’t we said “no” to Jesus long enough?  Haven’t we had our fill of excuses?  Enough of the lukewarm life of halfhearted Christianity!  Let us be like the disciples, and get to work!  You & I have neighbors that need to hear the gospel.  We have friends & co-workers who have yet to meet Jesus.  We have family members who need to be saved.  There is not a moment to lose, and no reason not to proclaim the news & offer the healing of Christ.  He will give us everything we need, if we simply take a step of faith.

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