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Matthew 10:1-10

And when he had summoned his twelve disciples, he gave them power over unclean spirits, so that they were able to cast them out, and so that they were able to heal every disease and every sickness…. Jesus sent out these twelve, and these were the orders he gave them…. Proclaim that The Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper, cast out demons.” “Freely you have received; freely give.

(i)      They were very ordinary people. They had no wealth; they had no academic background; they had no social position. They were chosen from the common people, people who did the ordinary things, people who had no special education, people who had no social advantages.


It has been said that Jesus is not looking for extraordinary people, but for ordinary people who can do ordinary things extraordinarily well. Jesus sees in every person, not only what that person is, but also what He (Jesus) can make that person. Jesus chose these people, not only for what they were, but also for what they were capable of becoming under His influence and in His power.

No person need ever think that he/she has nothing to offer Jesus, for Jesus can take what the most ordinary person can offer and use it for greatness.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

That is the reason why we do not grow weary.  But if indeed our outward frame is wasting away, our inward self is renewed day by day, for the light affliction which at the moment we must endure produces for us in a way that cannot be exaggerated an eternal weight of glory, so long as we do not think of the things which are seen, but of the things which are unseen, for the things which are seen are passing, but the things which are unseen are eternal.

Here Paul sets out the secret of endurance.

(i)  All through life it must happen that a person's bodily strength fades away, but all through life it ought to happen that a person's soul keeps growing.  The sufferings that leave us with weakened bodies may be the very things that strengthen the sinews of our souls.  From the physical point of view life may be a slow but inevitable slipping down the slope that leads to death.  But from the spiritual point of view life is a climbing up the hill that leads to the presence of God.  No one need fear the years, for they bring us nearer, not to death, but to God.

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