What would you do if someone gave you a really, really cool job that allowed you to travel all over the world? One with lots of risk, but even greater reward. One that would have you literally “living life on the edge.” A job that came with the perfect balance of thrills and excitement and joy and fulfillment and reward.
Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? I’d jump on that offer. But what if the job had a disclaimer attached to it:
“Payment upon completion. No health insurance, no dental insurance, no luggage, no food, no monetary provisions, no accommodations. Work at your own risk.”
Would you still be so inclined to accept the offer?
Probably not. Well, maybe some of you adrenaline junkies out there would still consider it, but I certainly wouldn’t.
While I would be extremely hesitant to accept this job offer, twelve brave, young, somewhat-crazy souls actually did. They’re widely known as “The Twelve Disciples of Jesus Christ.” I know, pretty great name, huh?
And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. | Mark 6:7-9
Okay, so let’s review what they were allowed to take with them: the shirt on their backs, the shoes on their feet, and a staff. They weren’t even allowed an undershirt… or food or money or a blanket or a pillow. All things we would probably consider “necessary” for a traveling job… or for just life itself.
If it was me, I would have complained, panicked, backed out, or done some combination of the three. But not these men. In fact, we don’t read anything about them complaining or even questioning Jesus’ stipulations. What we do read is this:
So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them. | Mark 6:12-13
They just did their job. Which, I’m sure, they thoroughly enjoyed. They got to do things only JESUS had done before, because He gave them His authority to perform them. That’s crazy!
I’m sure the fact that they had no food, no luggage, no money was the last thing on their minds during all of this. By the power of God, in the name of Jesus, they were performing miracles left and right. In the midst of experiencing the mind-blowing power and provision of God, how could anyone doubt that all their needs would be met?
Yeah, it’s easy to say this when we don’t know the ending, right? Well guess what? We do!
And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” | Luke 22:35
Nothing. They lacked nothing. The whole time they were out fulfilling the tasks He had given them, every single need of theirs was fully met. The Twelve may have left with nothing but they undoubtedly returned with much!
Y’all, we’ve got a crazy job offer awaiting our response. The risk is great, but the reward is greater. The job is hard, but the payment is so worth it. It’ll be dangerous, exhausting, lonely, and painful. But it’ll also be exhilarating, joyous, and comforting. As we work, we’ll come to know who we are and along the journey, who we are will be radically redefined.
This is not your typical job offer.
But that’s what makes it so great.
Sociologists have theorized that humans make decisions based on a simple cost-benefit analysis (no really, my textbook says so). Whatever costs us the least and benefits us the most is what we tend to lean towards.
Friends, you will never find something that costs you so little but profits you so much. YES, and that is with the understanding that this will most likely hurt you, break you, rip your heart apart, leave you broke, broken, and maybe even dead. The reward outweighs the cost.
What you’ll gain is LIFE. Not just life like you’ve experienced here, but ETERNAL LIFE. Life in vivid color. But that’s not all. No, you’ll get rewards too. Not a blue participation ribbon like you got on Field Day in elementary school. You’ll get crowns. Crowns upon crowns. But that’s still not all. No, eternal life and a plethora of crowns mean nothing without this final, most precious reward: Jesus Christ.
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Heaven isn’t heaven without Jesus.
You’ve got a job offer awaiting your response. It’ll cost you. But not nearly as much as it’ll reward you. And in comparison to how much it cost the One who’s offering you the job, it’s nothing.
You don’t get to take much with you… in fact, you’ll have to leave everything you know, everything you have, everything you love behind. But you will never be lacking all that you need. Just as The Twelve lacked nothing in their servitude to Christ, neither will you lack anything in your obedience to His commission. You will have all that you need to survive, in Him. He is the Bread of Life. He is the Living Water. He is your Shelter, your Deliverer, your Provider, your faithful Friend. Above all, He is the Messiah, the Son of God, your Savior, your Redeemer, the Lover of your soul.