Let’s rewind for a moment.
The Gospel of Matthew has two, separate commissioning narratives.
The initial commissioning was to the Israelite people alone, specifically noting to NOT interact with “those” Samaritans and Gentiles. However, the second or “Great Commissioning” sent the disciples forth specifically to “those” Samaritans and Gentiles originally prohibited. This demonstrates a truth in our Holy Scriptures that God’s inclusion, grace, and love is an ever-expanding ripple effect until all people, all creatures, the entire earth, and the whole universe is included.
I encourage you to remain mindful of these ever-expanding ripples of inclusion, grace, and love despite our return to the initial, limited commissioning story.
The disciples have now been drawn more deeply into Jesus’ earthly ministry and co-partners in his mission. The disciples had previously left behind their employment and careers, their homes, and their families. However, discipleship is even more costly than that, as they are instructed to be completely vulnerable without the resources of extra clothing, food, and money; thus, requiring their complete dependence on the generosity of those encountered along the journey.
Discipleship is NOT easy.
Discipleship is costly.
Discipleship can cost you EVERYTHING. Read the rest of this entry »