Do you remember the first time your parent let you drive or that first time they let you cook or mow without them being there? In all of our lives and in all of our activities, we hope to grow to the point that is is ‘our turn’. This week’s Bible text shows us a time where the followers of Jesus reached that time. It’s found in Mark 6:7-13:
7 And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil* spirits.8 He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler's bag, no money.*9 He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes. 10 "Wherever you go," he said, "stay in the same house until you leave town.11 But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate." 12 So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God.13 And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.
We can experience many emotions when we are asked to do something for the first time. We might think we are not yet ready. This can be especially true when we haven’t been doing the activity for long. It can also happen when we are doing something that has been done by an expert. Imagine these guys going out for the first time without Jesus and being asked to do what He had been doing. I bet they experienced some shock.
Take a look at your life and ask yourself if there are things being done (or that need to be done) that are now ‘your turn’ to do. It could be a family assignment within your home. It might be a work thing that your position should be doing. What if it is an opportunity to serve within your church or ministry…after all Jesus sent these 12 men out to serve Him by teaching and healing…don’t think He wouldn’t send you. It might be a role within your community or neighborhood. Recently, a person shared with me a frustration that they wished their neighborhood was more like a neighborhood they grew up in. When I asked them to explain what that was like they told of picnics and cook-outs and other venues to get together with the folks that live nearby. After listening, I wondered aloud if it might be their turn to lead out in something like that…
What is it your turn to do?