Grasping the Big Picture (Matthew 10:1-15, Matthew 10:37-38)
Part of the The Great Divide - Choosing to Walk Worthy series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Matthew 10:1–15 (Listen)
10:1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9 Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
Matthew 10:37–38 (Listen)
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
The Great Divide - Choosing to Walk Worthy
Grasping the Big Picture
Matthew 10:1-15, 37-38
*The call to a consist worthy walk must be balanced by dealing with the challenges of life!
*He who loves father and mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Matthew 10:37-38
*And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city. Matthew 10:11
Worthy - Balanced on the scales
Day by day commitment
Walk - Dedicated to Him
Disciplined in your heart
Devoted to Him in love
Balancing His intent and instructions with our responsibilities:
I. Jesus Intent -
A. Effective preparation for the future
B. Understanding the challenges of life
C. Recognizing the potential impact
II. Jesus Instructions -
A. Maintain a focus on the kingdom of God
B. Eliminate all distractions and deterrents
C. Make it personal and focused
III. Our responsibilities -
A. “As you go” - Freely received, freely give - Matthew 10:7-8
B. “Inquire who is worthy”-Determine the right destinations - Matthew 10:11
C. “Shake the dust off your feet”-Recognize the price of obedience - Matthew 10:16
*The worthy walk demands intentionality, adherence and responsibility!
Do you see the big picture?