When Jesus commissioned the apostles, they were sent out with little more than what was on their backs. No money, no food, a pair of sandals and not even an extra tunic… just a walking stick. They were supposed to make their way among the poor and the privileged by begging. If some didn’t respond positively to their message, so be it. Jesus told them not to worry about the nonbelievers—move on. Others will be receptive, he assured them. The other part of this “commissioning” that amazes me is that none of these disciples had much experience in this new line of work. Some were poor, uneducated fishermen. But after watching Jesus for three years, they had learned a lot. So off they went preaching and teaching the faith to all comers, facing certain danger and persecution. Through their efforts, their energy, their courage, Christianity grew rapidly, and the world would never be the same
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