All You Need
When you get ready to do something, you find the things you need to do it. If you are going to go hiking, you put on your shoes and fill up a water bottle. If you are going to go swimming, you put on a swimsuit and grab a towel. And if you are going to go on vacation, you pack a suitcase with all kinds of things you might need.
But what do you need to follow Jesus?
Not long after Jesus gathered his disciples together, he sent them out to tell others what he had told them. He wanted them to share the good news that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah, the one who had come to save the world. It was an important job, so you might think they needed a lot of stuff to do it. But Jesus told them not to take anything with them.
Don't take any money in your money belts - no gold, silver, or even copper coins. Don't carry a traveler's bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don't hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed. Matthew 10:9-10
It might seem weird for Jesus to send his disciples without any money or food or clothes. But Jesus wanted them to understand something. He wanted them to understand that all they really needed was HIM.
They needed his words. They needed his guidance. They needed his instructions. But they didn't need anything else.
Often, when God calls us to do something, we think about whether we have what we need to do it. Do we have enough money to make a donation? Do we have enough time to help? Do we have enough stuff to share?
But if God calls us to do something, he will also give us everything we need to do it. Notice how Jesus also told his disciples to accept food and other things offered to them as they went. That was how God was going to provide for them as they did his work. It wasn't their job to provide those things. God would take care of them.
We don't need stuff to follow Jesus and do what he calls us to do. We just need him.
Read Luke 12:22-34
In this passage, Jesus repeats his message that God is all we need. Why do you think Jesus needed to repeat this message?
Fill a small bag with reminders of the one thing you really need. You might just write the name "Jesus" on a piece of paper and put it inside. Or, you might choose a Bible verse or two from the passage above (Luke 12:22-34) to write down and keep in there. You could also use symbols that remind you of Jesus, such as a cross.
Carry your bag with you somewhere this week. Let it be a physical reminder that all you really need is Jesus; he will provide everything else.