Tuesday, May 10, 2011

72 - Depending on God


Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. - Luke 1o v 4

Jesus advice and instruction to the "sent ones" was take next to nothing with them. Nothing to store money in, no packed lunch and no change of clothes. They were to spread the message of Jesus with little personal resource and a huge dependency on God.

This seems to be in stark contrast to some of the stories I hear now. Recently I've heard it said by church planters in the states that it takes a minimum of $250,000 to plant a church. (Thankfully its not something I've heard in the UK to often - YET!)

The church I have the huge privilage to serve in was first planted over 30 years ago. God called a young man and his wife to up root and move sticks with his very young family to a new town called Milton Keynes. He certainly didn't have $250,000 maybe not even £250.

George used his training as a car mechanic to make ends meet whilst spending every minute he could planting church. On one occasion he had to take the sterio out of his car to put food on the table. The call of God on his life brought a conviction that demanded sacrifice not the guarantee of an income for the next 12 months.

It is almost as if Jesus was setting his "sent ones" up to have to depend on Him not on self.

72 - Two by Two
72 part 1

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