Yearning for a Matthew 10 experience
This past week I watched a team of six American young people take off from Swaziland to Cape Town intent on following God wherever he might lead them and doing whatever he gave them to do.
After watching their friends pray for blind eyes to be opened in Mozambique, they were done with small dreams and safe living. They call their team “Zeo” and you can follow their adventures here.
Jesus was the original radical, announcing the arrival of a kingdom that would stand common sense on its head. Early on, after they’d seen him heal the sick and route the enemy, Jesus turned the boys loose on the countryside. They’d seen enough; now it was time to do what Jesus did. The whole great adventure is chronicled in Matthew 10.
Jesus has tremendous faith in those of us who follow him and is waiting to show off through us, giving us the same power he gave his disciples. Young people around the world sense this and yearn for their own Matthew 10 experience. They intuitively sense that theology alone is not enough to fill a man (or woman) and that faith must be tested to be real.
There’s nothing safe about a Matthew 10 mission trip. You leave with nothing in your pockets and no road map to steer by. You can expect the same sense of failure that Jesus experienced in his hometown where he couldn’t do many miracles or in Galilee where they tried to stone him. Jesus said that they’d face all kinds of trouble and possibly even death.
But when the disciples returned with their exuberant report, Jesus saw the enemy defeated and the kingdom come. He knew the stuff works, but watching the disciples get hold of it was a great thrill for him. All of us who consider ourselves his disciples need to experience that same thrill.
Jesus longs to prove himself faithful and join us as we have our own Matthew 10 experience.