Jesus’ Instructions — Keep it Simple

Mark 6:8 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. (the Message)

 

Jesus was commissioning his followers when he said keep it simple. His message to us is the same.

 

You are the equipment.

 

He will equip and activate the equipment (YOU)

So

Keep it simple.

 

All too often, I do just the opposite and complicate things – or stall things with complicated thinking. What if…But….

 

The only but that counts is But, God.

But I am not alone. You are not alone.

 

Patriarchs of the faith didn’t get this either –

 

Moses said -please send someone else

David lived out a lack of faith – act first and ask forgiveness later

Gideon said – I am poor, I am insignificant and I am too young

Jeremiah’s excuse – I do not know how to speak

 

God’s answer to them – as well as to you – and me – is the same

 

Jeremiah 1:7–10 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ Because everywhere I send you, you shall go, And all that I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

 

  • Do not make excuses and do not be afraid –
  • remember you are not alone—I AM with you to deliver you
  • I have appointed you (and will equip you)
  • MY WORDS in your mouth make the difference – not your words
  • Everywhere I send you, you shall go (confidently) and all that I command you, you shall speak (without fear)

 

 

Read it again

 

Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple.

 

 

Quit looking at yourself – look at your provider.

Then …Activate your faith in Him

Go.

Keep it Simple.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Jesus’ Instructions — Keep it Simple

  1. Bryan Lupo says:

    Thanks for sharing this! The line that sticks out most is, “The only but that counts is But, God. But I am not alone. You are not alone.” What a wonderfully encouraging reality that as God sends us, he does not send us alone, but goes with us.

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