The work of the disciples.
Recently, I was reading the passages in Matthew’s gospel, when Jesus sends out the twelve and gives them strict instructions to follow. The disciples had to trust Jesus completely in order to go out to do his work. As I mentioned many times in the past, I believe that all those who see themselves as disciples of Jesus, must allow the Lord into any aspect of their lives. There should be no part of our life that is not influenced by our faith in the Lord and therefore our obedience to his Word
This should be especially true for the messengers of our Lord. Those called into ministry or preaching are not free to choose their own methods or go with their personal perceptions of their work. The work that we do must be directed from Jesus himself because we are working for him and therefore we must submit to his will and his word.
As Bonhoeffer said, the work of God cannot be done without authorisation; therefore, it is important to recognise a calling to do his work. We cannot just decide to go and work for the Lord without being called to it. The persons who call themselves to do the work of messengers, will not honour the Lord and, often, they will drive people away from God.
When I was in college I was given a card with the photo of an icon with Jesus’ face painted on it. The words of Jesus on the side said: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit” (John 15:16). Those words still remain in my heart today as I walk with the Lord on a daily basis and ask for his approval.
I think that all Christians should really reflect on their lives, their behaviour, their actions and words and ask themselves on a daily basis: “Does this meet the approval of my Lord and Saviour?” If this is true of the messengers of Jesus, it should apply to all of his disciples. At the end of the day, we are not going out there to bring an intellectual philosophical discussion to the word; we are being sent out to proclaim the advent of the Kingdom of God, to bring the good news of a new life in Christ, to shed light in a world of darkness. Love, nothing else but love, must be our driving force.
Rev. Bruno Boldrini
For two thousand years people have been fascinated by the person of Jesus. He has inspired ordinary individuals and leaders of empires. He has been interpreted, followed, argued over and worshipped all over the world. Even our calendar is organised around his birth.