Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. (LUKE 9:1-6 )
Think of a time in your life that you had to learn to do something on your own. It may have been learning to ride a bike or going off to college in another city or state. Family and friends helped by sharing their knowledge or experience and provided encouragement. But even so, when you have to stand on your own two feet and do it yourself there is bound to be some anxiety mixed with excitement!
The disciples must have felt the same way when Jesus sent them out to do their own preaching and healing. Jesus had been teaching and doing the work but now it was time for them to go out on their own and take nothing on their journey! Can you imagine going to college without money or extra clothing? Wow, you would need a lot of faith and belief in people you didn’t even know!
The one thing they had and we have is the power and authority of Jesus. When we feel anxious it is important to remember that Jesus believes in us so we can have faith and is always watching over us. Take time in your busy lives to acknowledge Jesus’ belief in us.