“Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals…”
– Luke 10:4
As Jesus was sending out disciples, He gave them specific instructions on what not to take. I find his teachings very interesting. When planning a trip, we typically concern ourselves with what we should take, not what we should leave behind. Jesus’ instructions were to leave behind the things that would hinder the work. Before giving specific instructions to these seventy, Jesus tells them they are to have faith and trust in Him. Before taking on any action for the Lord Jesus, that is always the right way to begin.
Jesus’ instructions to trust Him forced the disciples to set-aside specific hindrances. They were to travel light because the time was short, and the laborers were few. The harvest was ready for reaping, and they needed to get to the work. Their trust could not be in financial reserves, food reserves, or extra clothes. They were to simply go.
When the Apostle Paul writes, “let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us,” what weight and sins are being described here? Many times we go directly to the prevailing sins that Christians are to denounce. You know, that list of items your mind runs to when you hear the word sin. The Bible tells us, “to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). To hear these instructions from Jesus commanding that they trust Him is to do good. I propose to you that not trusting in Him is a weight and a sin. It is a weight and a sin that hinders the work of the laborer for Christ. We cannot move quickly on the Lord’s mission when the weight of sin is on us.
Timothy received a letter from the Apostle Paul that said, “godliness with contentment is great gain.” In the church today, we rarely hear godly contentment being preached. Godly contentment produces faith and trust in Jesus. And do not misunderstand. It is not the necessities of life being talked about here, it is the excesses of life that can hinder the saint from their true calling.
A.W. Tozer wrote, “Truth sits forsaken and grieves until her professed followers come home for a brief visit, but she sees them depart again when the bills become due.” Are there any “excesses” of life that have become viewed incorrectly as needs? Are they hindering the work the Lord has called you to and become a weight of sin? Listen to what the Lord is telling you not to take and go fulfill your call!
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
– 1 Timothy 6:6-9