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April 1, 2021

Practicing Faith

“Take nothing for the journey-no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” (Luke 9:3-5)

In Luke chapter 9, Jesus is going from place to place performing miracles and preaching the Gospel. When he calls on the 12 disciples to follow him, he does not provide them with much information on what can be expected. In fact, Jesus even tells them not to prepare for their journey. There is no itinerary, no packing list, and a whole lot of unknown ahead. I don’t know about you but the thought of taking a trip without a week's notice and plenty of time to make preparations and pack absolutely stresses me out! Thankfully baseball life has helped me practice remaining calm when change threatens to steel my peace. I think we can all agree if you can count on someone to pack up and move their life at the drop of a hat, it’s a baseball family.

I can’t imagine being in the disciples’ shoes when this is asked of them. Not only was following Jesus controversial in itself during this time, but Jesus had yet not died and rose again at this point. They were still waiting to see how God would fulfill His promise of a Savior. Without all the answers, and no specific plan being revealed to them, the disciples put every ounce of their faith in Jesus. 

They didn't even bring a change of clothes. Why? Because Jesus told them not to worry about what they would wear, what they would eat, or where they would sleep. Their only job was to spread the Good News of Jesus! 

At the 2020 Taste of The Increase Conference, Mike Donehey spoke on the topic of faith and said, “If faith is the goal, we can’t have all the answers.” As Christians, we get this opportunity to practice our faith in times when the future is nothing but a question mark. As baseball wives and girlfriends we get to practice faith more than most.

Throughout the lives of the disciples we see how in their faithfulness to the Lord (and even in their unfaithfulness), God takes care of their every need. During these uncertain times, I encourage you take this opportunity to practice your faith by letting go of what you think you need to control and trusting God to sustain you...even when it seems impossible! Give God the opportunity to show you His goodness by letting Him take care of your every need. Focus your attention on being in relationship with God and sharing his Gospel like lives depend on it (because they do), and leave the rest in His hands.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your promise to satisfy the desires of our heart. Thank you for the security we have in your steadfast love and faithfulness. Give me eyes to see you and ears to hear your Spirit so I can put my faith in you like never before. I pray that you would give me the strength to die to myself and follow you every morning. Amen

Suggested Reading: Luke 9:1-6, 23-26

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