Story Changing | Our Part | Two by Two
And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two… Mark 6:7
Andrew nudged Thomas. “He says we’re gonna go into the towns and prepare them for His revival next week. I, uh, I’m not so good at knocking on strange doors.” Thomas nodded. “Yeah, I knew that about you. That doesn’t bother me, but what I fumble is theology. I still haven’t quite got the gist of what we’re doing and who He is.” Andrew squinted up at his lanky friend. “Okay, I tell you what. You do the knocking and small talk and when we get to theology, I’ll take over. I love that stuff.” Thomas grinned and they fist bumped. “Deal!” he said. “We got this. You know, John should probably team up with Peter to, well, shut him up when he sticks his foot in his mouth.” He nodded appreciatively at His Teacher. “This two-by-two idea might work!”
Jesus set the precedent for evangelism when He created the first mission trip. He knew His disciples needed each other, so He didn’t send them out alone. He knows we need each other too, so He’s gifted each of us differently. When we work together, we can accomplish all He wants to do through us. Maybe teaching is not your strong point, but hosting events is. Or you’re too shy to greet and welcome people, but you love to serve behind the scenes. Jesus never expected us to do it all ourselves. So He put us on a team, a church. Working together develops our strengths and compensates for our weaknesses.
Final Thought: Where are you gifted? How are you investing those gifts for God’s purposes?
Prayer: Father, it’s a relief that I don’t have to be good at everything in order to be valuable in your work. Show me how to use my gifts to the fullest while allowing others to use theirs. Help me learn to work with this team where you placed me. Amen.