FOOD . . . Christ’s rules for traveling mission workers

In chapter of 10 of Luke Jesus is sending his disciples out to minister in the surrounding area. He has some basic rules for them as they spread the word of God. I want to highlight each rule, so I have set them part, and have put them in italics that you know what Christ said and what my interpretation is on it.

When you enter a house, first say, “Peace to this house.” If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.” Actually, your peace can rest on anyone in the household, it does not have to be a “man” of peace. In fact, you should give this blessing regardless of the composition of the household. And before you even say word one about God and Jesus who was sent into to the world, wish peace on the household. Let it be your opening to take about what this peace means and why you bring it.

Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages.” Do not be shy about accepting their hospitality; but do not be demanding either. It is an important step in bring the word of God to people that you identify with them, not holding yourself above them or below them. The work you are doing is worthy, and they are worthy of receiving it.

Do not move around from house to house.” Do not leave one household simply to move on to the next. Do not let the charge of favoritism be brought against you, or changing houses to get better accommodations. Also, stay in one household so that you can be found easily. Do not hide but keep yourself open and available to all that seek you out.

‘“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you.” Again, take what is given to you with thanksgiving and appreciation. Knowing what they people eat is a good way of getting to know them better. By not demanding special meals and privileges they will hopefully come to understand that God’s favors are for all people.

Heal the sick who are there and tell them, “The kingdom of God is near you.” (Reference:) Luke 10:5-9 This is the good news that you are to bring – that healing and compassion are available. That God’s kingdom brings with it restoration and hope. And that God is so near to them that it is like the Divine is living amongst them.

May you beloved receive this good news from those who come to you, and may you spread it to those you go to. Selah!