Our scripture this week is Matthew 4:12-23.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
This verse could be the “Reader’s Digest Condensed Version” of His entire ministry. Jesus went to the people, not expecting them to come to Him, although they later would follow Him throughout the countryside. He taught them about the coming of the kingdom, and healed them. This was the core of His mission, connecting with us and bringing us back into a relationship with God.
He calls us to go do the same in the world today. That may be an awesome task to consider – Jesus wants us to do what He did. How could we possibly be able to do those things? Jesus was God incarnate, of course He could reach out, teach and heal, but we are mere humans!
First, we must trust Him. He would not have called us to something we aren’t capable of doing. He didn’t promise it would be easy but He promised to be there to support us in everything. The old hymn tells us “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus and to take Him at His word”. When we rely on Jesus, we are blessed to go and use the gifts we are given in His name.
Loving Lord, we are often overwhelmed at the task You have given, to make disciples of all the world. Help us to know Your love and support and to go boldly in Your name for the purpose You have chosen for us. Amen.