300. Empowered & Commissioned

empoweredMatthew 10:27-31 MSG So don’t hesitate to go public now. “Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life–body and soul–in his hands. “What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail–even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.

Matthew 10:31 NKJV  Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

We often use Matthew 10:31 to encourage ourselves or others that God is our provider and if His eyes are on the sparrow then we can rest assured that He is looking out for you and me. That’s true, but I want to you see the context of this verse. Matthew 10 is Jesus encouraging His disciples as He sends them off on their first solo ministry outreach project. Having seen the incredible need of the people, allowing His heart to be touched and moved with compassion for the people who, “…were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” Jesus first commands His disciples to pray for more workers and hands to be put to use in the ministry, then He empowered and sent out the twelve to minister in the surrounding cities and communities.

Jesus goes on to warn them to be watchful and not to be surprised when they are persecuted for ministering (Matt 10:16-23), and admonishes them to stand strong and fearless against the threats and attacks. The context of this Scripture is to encourage us not to fear the persecution of what others may say or do to us because we profess Christ and with a loved filled boldness declare the reality of God’s love and Jesus’ liveliness through our lives, actions, and the sharing of the glorious good news that Jesus is alive. He still shows up to heal, deliver and confirm His Word through signs and wonders (Mark 16:20).

We can’t go on living separate lives; shouting “A-men” in church while turning a blind eye to the weary wandering through life. Be bold. Be courageous. Be a Christian. Don’t be afraid of what others may say, think, or even do to you… God loved you so much that He sent Jesus. He loves the world so much that He not only sent Jesus, but is so moved by compassion that He has empowered you and commissioned you to tell them. Fear Not!


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