Scripture: Mark 6:1-13
Key verses: (6-9) Then he went about among the villages teaching. 7He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.
Reflection: I wonder what Jesus would think about Marie Kondo and her bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” The decluttering expert now has a series on Netflix showing her process for helping people let go of many possessions and finally attain an organized home for the items they keep. The major question Kondo has people ask, as they hold an item in their hands, is: ‘Does it spark joy?” If it doesn’t, Kondo says to thank it, and release it to bring joy to someone else who needs it more.
I believe Jesus knew a lot about joy. He also knew how to live with few possessions. He tried to teach his disciples to focus on what matters most. When he sent them out to preach the gospel of good news, he told them to rely on the hospitality of others. Their ability to move from place to place nimbly is part of what helped the gospel spread in those early days.
What is it that keeps you from focusing on what matters most? What is in the way of your ability to follow Jesus nimbly, and see where God is calling you? Perhaps it is a multitude of possessions. Perhaps it is a schedule that doesn’t leave room for joy. Perhaps it is listening more closely to the voices of others rather than the One who created you. Maybe it is time to let go of some things and make room for whatever God is bringing into your life next.
Prayer: God, you know me inside and out. Help me to slow down and listen to you. Help me to see what matters most in a life dedicated to you. Teach me to let go of whatever gets in the way of the joy of your discipleship. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].