Proverbs 30:5-9

Every word of God is unalloyed,
he is the shield of those who take refuge in him.
To his words make no addition,
lest he reprove you and known you for a fraud.

Two things I beg of you,
do not grudge me them before I die:
keep falsehood and lies far from me,
give me neither poverty nor riches,
grant me only my share of bread to eat,
for fear that surrounded by plenty, I should fall away
and say, “The Lord - who is the Lord?”
or else, in destitution, take to stealing
and profane the name of my God.

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Luke 9:1-6

Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread nor money, and let none of you take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there; and when you leave, it it be from there. As for those who do not welcome you, when you leave their town shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them.” So they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and healing everywhere.
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Imagine if Jesus said to you today what he said to the Twelve: go out and proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal; take nothing for the journey… Would you do it? Chances are, if you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t. This is because we are attached to too many things or people in our lives. We have a family, we have a place to stay, we have more than enough to eat, we have a computer, etc. Why would we want to leave all this behind to go out and do something not knowing whether we will have a place to stay, not knowing whether we’ll have enough to eat, far from all the luxuries of life?

While the Twelve were with Jesus, they had nothing to fear. There was always a place to stay (because of Jesus’ popularity among the people), and there was always enough to eat (hey, the man could multiply bread!) But now that he was sending them out, they had to learn that it is God, not the Jesus they thought they knew, that provides for them. They had to learn how to place their trust in God, and in Jesus, that in asking anything from God in the name of Jesus, in accordance with their mission, God will provide.

What was their mission? It was simply to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. There will be people who do not accept them. Rather than persistently because a cause of irritation to them, Jesus advised them to just drop it; move on to the next town, do not be attached to wanted to make someone listen to you. After all, the whole mission was an exercise of detachment from their own strength and capabilities, and an attachment to God’s providence and grace.

For some of us, God has called us to a life of poverty, but this is not something that we choose on our own. No idiot would choose to live a life of poverty unless he or she strongly believes that this is what God is calling them to. Even so, they do not choose poverty for poverty’s sake, but for God’s sake. On the other hand, some of us are not called to poverty. Some of us are, in fact, given great riches. There is nothing wrong with that, provided that we are rich not for the sake of riches, but for God’s sake.

If the focus of our lives is God, there is nothing to fear. If our lives revolve around Jesus, not our riches, then there is nothing to be afraid of… for even the rich have their insecurities. Security is found in God alone. We are given riches to aid in our particular mission in life. Whether called to poverty or riches, both are means by which God uses to develop us to our fullest potential and to proclaim the kingdom of God to the world, and to heal those who are ill.

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