Prayer: Let us be moved to action, O God, by your Word and your Spirit, in Christ. Amen.
7 As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.
Barnabas’ former name was Joseph and Jesus’ disciples called him Barnabas; which means “son of encouragement.” He earned this name because of his youth and energy and because he sold his land and gave the money to the church, and offered to go anywhere or do anything they requested.
Our devotion writer says of Barnabas’ story that he is reminded of global mission volunteers and students who serve in our communities, and all people who give up their wealth and talents to share the good news. “People who are willing to lay down their wealth, their time, and their talent for the sake of Jesus’ name.” Just like Barnabas.
We are called by Jesus to share this good news…we are called to “Go, preach, and help people who are hurting.”
Prayer: “God, lead us to go, witness, and help those who hurt, in the name of Jesus. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
7 As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. 9 Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
16 “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.