“And he called the twelve. And he began to send them out in twos, and he gave them authority over unclean spirits.”
GAIN THROUGH GIVING
Sundar Singh was once traveling with a Tibetan companion on a very cold day. The men were miles from any shelter and they almost froze to death. They reached a steep precipice and saw a poor man who was half dead because he had fallen over the edge. Sundar wanted to stop and help the man; but his companion, saying it was all they could do to save themselves, didn’t want to help the man and left Sundar behind and went on. After a lot of difficulty, Sundar was able to get the man from the slope and onto his own back. Before long, Sundar caught up wiht his Tibetan companion who had frozen to death. He continued on and gradually, the dying man he had on his back received the warmth from Sundar’s body and he began to be revived. Sundar himself was also saved from freezing to death because he grew warm through the efforts of trying to save the dying man.
Christ commissioned the Twelve and sent them on a mission of self-denial. He told them to lose their lives for others and trust God for their own safety and needs. He commanded them to take nothing for their journey except a staff, they were to take no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts, but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics. (Mark 6:8-9). They even had to depend on others for their shelter. This first mission trip was to teach Christ’s followers self-denial and the provision of God.
We need to try and remember that Christianity involves giving of self to others. It demands a selfless service regardless of the consequences. We must lose our lives to find them. Paul told us: “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4). And, again: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2).
By helping others, we are helping ourselves.