Text: Matthew 9:35-10:4
For joy in being called
For the power of the Holy Spirit in the Church
For teachers and students as the school year ends
It is important to connect two ideas in this story from Matthew:
+ Jesus went…teaching
+And he called to him…his twelve
Matthew had already outlined the calling of those early disciples, how Jesus invited them to come and take on his yoke, his rabbinic instruction, and learn the way of the Kingdom of God.
Here, we see that the stakes are raised, so to speak; now his disciples are his representatives and they go forth in his power.
But they have not graduated, they have not stopped being disciples! As Jesus begins moving across Galilee and Judea, there are many miles to go, many roads to walk, many lessons to learn.
For us today, the situation is the same. Jesus has called you, invited you to take his yoke, his instruction, so that your life may be shaped by his knowledge and wisdom. Jesus is preparing you to be his representative and go forth in his power. The lessons in Kingdom living are not over, for there are many miles to go, roads to travel and lessons to learn. The events of Pentecost are confirmation that the story has not ended—only truly begun.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks