In Mark Chapter 6, Jesus sends out His 12 Disciples on their first Mission. Up until this point, they had just been soaking up information, but now it was time to put their knowledge and their faith into action. As Jesus commissions them to go, we see four distinct aspects of their duty. As modern-day Christ followers, I believe these four tasks are just as relevant today as they were two thousand years ago. If we will consistently put these into practice, we will succeed in our mission as well.
1. Rely on God’s Power, not your own.
And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits. Mark 6:7
2. Trust Him to provide your needs.
He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes. Mark 6:8-9
3. Don’t Waste your Energy.
“Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same house until you leave town. 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.” Mark 6:10-11
4. Help as many people as you can.
So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God. And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil. Mark 6:12-13