Thursday, January 16, 2014

finding meaning in Scripture

One of my favorite things in the world is Raceway Ministries where people from our church and others come together to serve race fans at our local speedway.  This happens all over the country at all kinds of motor racing events, and this week I am part of the planning and celebration of this ministry.

I sat today listening and sharing with the board of this great organization, and our new leader began to unpack vision for growth and impacting lives.  His name is Elliott Yancey.  Elliott working with Raceway Ministries in Atlanta and moved on to work with fans through the ministry of Motor Racing Outreach.  He has now taken the lead of our organization.  He shared today the following Scripture that is loaded with meaning:

Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition. He sent them off with these instructions: “Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple. “And no luxury inns. Get a modest place and be content there until you leave. “If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.”  Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different; right and left they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits.

That is a powerful passage packed full of meaning, yet there is just one piece I want to call to your attention.  For many churches and Christians there is a thought that we have to have big events, lots of resources and more to be able to share Jesus with people.  But in these few verses Jesus says is all you need is a calling from God and yourself.

Jesus said, “You are the equipment.”  Don’t be planning or thinking you need more.  Begin where you are and with what you have.  Begin with the people around you.  God doesn’t call all of us to see everything and to move to Zimbabwe.  He calls us to the place we are to share His love with what we have.

That is what the Bible says.  There is meaning in Scripture if we just start reading and applying what we read.  Keep on reading.  Keep on listening.  Keep on making a difference as you are what you need to share Jesus!

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