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What Is Slowing You Down?

 

(Luke 10:3-4) “Get going! See, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Don’t carry a wallet, a traveling bag, or sandals, and don’t greet anyone on the way.”

(Matthew 6:24) “No one can serve two masters, because either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches!”

(2 Thessalonians 3:14-15) “If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of him. Have nothing to do with him so that he will feel ashamed. Yet, don’t treat him like an enemy, but warn him like a brother.”

 

 

Very clearly, we are sent to reach out to the lost in a God-hating society that will be hostile toward us every step of the way, and that is why we are advised on how to make our mission easier. Christ knew that there are things in the world that can weigh us down or even completely stop us from ever reaching our divine purpose. Here we look a bit deeper into that advice.

First, carry no wallet. Although there is no problem at all with being wealthy and we are all supposed to save up for our children and grandchildren, there are seasons when being obsessed with riches can deviate us from our calling. By having money to fall back on, we will never truly exercise our faith to depend on God’s provisions for our basic needs. This faith to depend on what He provides through others will empower us for the time when we pray for healing, signs, and wonders.

Second, no hoarding. Don’t waste your blessings on having a larger house, a branded car, clutter, and decoration for showing off, getting the latest mobile, or going on expensive luxury vacations. All these material things will be left behind and one could rather invest them in God’s kingdom. Also, if God asks you to move tomorrow to the next location for you, you will tremendously struggle to obey. Getting comfortable with your current job, location or social circle can be a great distraction from your divine focus and the emergency of the job at hand to continue to reach out to the lost.

And third, no wasting time with people. Apart from our immediate families and those whom God has made us responsible for, any other relationship can become emotional baggage and a hindrance to God’s will for us if they don’t share our passion for Christ. Greeting people in the time of Jesus was not like nowadays, with just a “hi”, or “hello”. Every time you stopped to greet someone, it could potentially become a serious conversation and connection that could eventually lead to a time of having a meal together. Some of these people you encounter are idle and want nothing better than to make you as idle as them.

 

 

If when you are sharing the Gospel with someone, they only seem to argue, don’t waste too much time with them, as there is another soul around the corner God has already prepared to receive the message of salvation you have.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but Lord, You deliver him out of them all. The Lord guards all the bones of the righteous, not one of them will be broken.
• Thank You, Father, for being aware of and warning us about the hostile people we will encounter in life.
• Thank you for providing for us every step of the way as we continue to walk in your instructions.
• Forgive us for allowing the desire for money, riches, and wealth to distract us from our calling.
• Forgive us for getting involved in relationships that suck away our time, patience, and energy.
• Teach us how to be wise with our finances, with our talents, and with our possessions.
• Teach us how to be content with what we have and not to compare ourselves with others.
• Give us the humbleness to learn to stop arguing with those who have no desire to receive the message of salvation.
• We declare that our faith will grow as we continue to depend on You for all things.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

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