What are you teaching them? What are they learning from watching you? Are your words aligning to your actions? Where are you pointing them? Where are you leading them? How are you encouraging them? How are you empowering them? What will they remember? What will they take with them? Be it your kids? Be it your employees? Be it your neighbors? Be it your friends? Be it … how will you pass on to them what you have received?
The love of God! The truth of God! The hope of God! The Word of God! The promises of God! The wisdom of God! The direction of God! The fact that God is with them! The fact that God is for them! The fact that He wants to have and build a relationship with them!
Today’s reading starts with the offspring of Esau who are the Edomites, as they left Canaan in Genesis 36. We see this topic continue as we move into Acts and watch Paul chose to mentor – to speak into and to train up in the ways he should go. Let’s jump into Acts 16 and see where it takes us today…
1Now Paul came to Derbe and Lystra. There was a disciple there named Timothy, son of a woman who was a Jewish believer and a Greek father,2who was well-spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium.3Paul wanted this man to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him for the sake of the Jewish people in those places—for they all knew that his father was Greek.4As they were traveling through the cities, they were handing down the rulings that had been decided upon by the emissaries and elders in Jerusalem, for them to keep.5So Messiah’s communities were strengthened in the faith and kept increasing daily in number.
Going West to Macedonia6They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Ruach ha-Kodesh to speak the word in Asia.7When they came to Mysia, they were trying to proceed into Bithynia, but the Ruach of Yeshua would not allow them.8So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.9Now a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man from Macedonia was standing and pleading with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!”10As soon as he had seen the vision, immediately we tried to go to Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.11So we put out to sea from Troas and made a straight course for Samothrace, the next day on to Neapolis,12and from there to Philippi—which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia as well as a Roman colony. We stayed in this city for several days.13On Yom Shabbat, we went outside the gate to the river, where we expected a place of prayer to be. We sat down and began speaking with the women who had gathered.14A woman named Lydia—a seller of purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, a God-fearer—was listening. The Lord opened her heart to respond to what Paul was saying.15When she was immersed, along with her household, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my house.” And she insisted.16It so happened that as we were going to prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination, who was bringing her masters much profit from her fortune-telling.17Following after Paul and us, she kept shouting, saying, “These men are servants of El Elyon, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”18She kept doing this for many days. But Paul was irritated and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Messiah Yeshua to come out of her!” And it came out of her that very moment.19But when her masters saw that the hope of profit was gone, they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities.20And when they brought them to the chief authorities, they said, “These men are throwing our city into an uproar! Being Jewish,21they advocate customs which are not permitted for us to accept or practice, being Romans.”22Then the crowd joined in the attack on them. So the chief authorities ripped their clothes off them and commanded them to be beaten with rods.23After inflicting many blows on them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to guard them securely.24Having received this charge, he threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.Salvation for a Jailer’s Household25But about midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.26Suddenly there was such a great earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Immediately all the doors were unlocked, and everyone’s chains came loose.27When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing the prisoners had escaped.28But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Don’t harm yourself! We’re all here!”29The jailer called for lights and rushed in; and trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas.30After he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”31They said, “Put your trust in the Lord Yeshua and you will be saved—you and your household!”32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him, along with everyone in his household.33He took them that very hour and washed their wounds, and at once he was immersed—he and all his household.34The jailer brought them to his house and set food before them, and he was overjoyed that he with his entire household had put their trust in God.35When day came, the chief authorities sent their police officers, saying, “Release those men.”36But the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The chief authorities have sent orders to release you. So come out now, and go in shalom.”37But Paul said to the officers, “They have beaten us publicly without a trial—men who are Roman citizens—and have thrown us into prison. And now they are sending us away secretly? No! Let them come themselves and lead us out!”38The police officers reported these words to the chief authorities. They became afraid when they heard they were Romans,39so they came and apologized to them. After they escorted them out, they kept begging them to leave the city.40When Paul and Silas went out of the prison, they visited Lydia’s house. And when they saw the brothers, they encouraged them and then departed.–from Acts 16
How many lives will you touch? How many lives will be transformed? How many lives will God allow you to enter into? What will you do with the favor and the position you have been given? Will you give them the key? That Jesus is the way to be saved? Will you stand up for your rights? When improperly charged, will you ask for or wait for an apology?
What will you share? How will you shine? How will be salt and light into the world in which you live? How will you instruct them?
Today’s reading concludes in Matthew where Jesus instructs the 12…
Instructions to the Twelve1Yeshua summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, so they could drive them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness.2Now these are the names of the twelve emissaries: first, Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew; Jacob the son of Zebedee and John his brother;3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; Jacob, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;4Simon the Zealot, and Judah the man from Kriot, the one who also betrayed Him.5Yeshua sent out these twelve and ordered them, “Do not go to the Gentiles, and do not enter into any Samaritan town.6But go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.7As you go, proclaim, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near!’8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with tza’arat, drive out demons. Freely you received, freely give.9Do not get gold or silver or copper for your money belts,10or a bag for the journey, or two shirts, or sandals, or a walking stick; for the worker is entitled to his food.11“Whatever town or village you shall enter, find out who in it is worthy and stay there until you leave.12As you come into the house, greet it.13If the household is worthy, let your shalom come upon it. But if it’s not worthy, let your shalom return to you.14And whoever will not receive you or listen to your words, as you leave that house or that town, shake the dust off your feet.15Amen, I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the Day of Judgment than for that town.16“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.17But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues.18You will be brought before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them and to the Gentiles.19But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you should say, for it shall be given to you in that hour what you should say.20For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.21“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against their parents and have them put to death.22And you will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end shall be saved.23Whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next. Amen, I tell you, you will never finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.24“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.25It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!26“So do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed and nothing hidden that will not be made known.27What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear in your ear, proclaim from the housetops!28And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.29“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them shall fall to the ground apart from your Father’s consent.30But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.31So do not fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.32“Therefore whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father who is in heaven.33But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.34“Do not think that I came to bring shalom on the earth; I did not come to bring shalom, but a sword.35For I have come to set ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;36and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.’37“He who loves father or mother more than Me isn’t worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me isn’t worthy of Me.38And whoever does not take up his cross and follow after Me isn’t worthy of Me.39He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.40“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives the One who sent Me.41He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives a tzaddik in the name of a tzaddik shall receive a tzaddik’s reward.42And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, amen I tell you, he shall never lose his reward.”–from Matthew 10