July 11, 2019 - Walking in the Supernatural - A Reflection on Matthew 10:7-15
Today’s passage contains more instructions for missionaries, and it is interesting to note that while Jesus, on one hand, empowers his disciples to heal the sick and drive out demons, on the other hand he calls them to total detachment, depending solely on the provision of God for their needs. It is an amazing way of living, which I call “walking in the supernatural”. Let me explain how it works in a manner that we can all really understand.
There was a rich young man who once went to Jesus asking him about the way to eternal life. Jesus told him to obey the commandments. Rather self-righteously the man told him that he did; what else did he need to do? Jesus told him to sell all he had, give it to the poor, and follow him. The man went away sad because he had great wealth. Jesus turned to his apostles and said to them, “It is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.” (See Mark 10:17-35).
Do dwell on that for a moment. It wasn’t the money that was the problem; it was the man’s attachment to it. That is, very often, our problem too. I have realized over the years that most of us are attached to it, dependent on it, and were God to tell us to choose between money and him, many of us will choose the money. Do dwell on that, too, for a moment. And if you want to know how attached you are to money, think about how much you tithe.
I don’t even bother to put a percentage on it. I believe every rupee (I’m in India at the moment, hence the rupee) I get belongs to God and he can have it all. Other than groceries and toiletries, I might use some money buy some soil or fertilizer for my plants, but everything else is plowed into ministry. In return God takes care of me, and it is amazing how well he does so. I can give you hundreds of examples, but two will suffice.
My shoes - they last forever. I had one pair I had been using for seven years and they never wore out. I bought another pair when I moved to India because of the rains, but I need not have worried. Nothing happens to them. My cooking gas - that seems to last forever too. I got a cylinder when I moved into my little apartment in January. It has been six months and it hasn’t run out. How long do your shoes, or your gas, last you? Total dependance on God makes miracles happen. It really is walking in the supernatural.
Try it. You’ll love it.