This cartoon includes guidance Jesus gave His disciples before sending them on mission. The disciples’ reaction is the key to the cartoon. Although it’s not actually part of the Bible story, it reflects a very human response when first hearing God’s call.
IN THE BIBLE …
Let’s take a look at the Scripture for this Bible Study Cartoon.
“As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.“ (Mt 10:7-8, NRSVCE)
A MISSION MENTALITY …
A lot is going on in this Bible story, and it’s happening at different levels. One thing that cannot be overlooked, however, is that this story sets the tempo for the Church. We are always “on mission!” We are part of the kingdom of God, and we are to share the good news about His kingdom with the world around us.
PAUSE TO REFLECT …
Jesus was serious about His disciples not taking anything with them. They (we) are to rely fully on God and on the generosity of those whom we encounter. We’re to keep the message simple. And we don’t go as “celebrities,” but rather, as “servants”.
Take time to consider the following questions:
Have you ever stayed in a stranger’s home? If so, what were the circumstances? What was that like? What do you remember about it? Why?
Why do you suppose Jesus didn’t want His disciples to take anything with them except the clothes they wore? What possible purpose might He have had?
What did Jesus mean when He said the disciples were to be like “sheep among wolves” (and other comparisons like that)? What was Jesus really directing them to do? (v16)
What kind of encouragement would you need to accept a mission like this? What would it take for you to evangelize the community around you?
FORMATION TIME …
Based on the cartoon above, the Bible stories, and your own personal reflection:
- What are you doing now in your life that you ought to stop doing?
- What are you not doing right now that you ought to start doing?
- Or what are you doing now that you can continue doing, but you need to change how you’re doing it?
NEXT STEPS …
It’s about answering God’s call. He wants people around you to know about His love for them. Consider the gifts and talents God has given you. Think about simple ways you can help others feel His love. And make an plan to intentionally start sharing His love with others in ways that you have not yet tried.