“No Regrets”

Chances are, you’ve recently overindulged in something and experienced some level of regret this weekend. On the heels of Thanksgiving there is a good chance you know all too well what it means to have too much of a good thing. Unfortuntely, countless people won’t experience that same fullness this season. When Jesus sent out the twelve disciples to do the work of the Gospel, he had just a few instructions that, if followed, would allow the disciples to experience what it means to be full, without regrets, and yet to spread that fullness to those who needed it most.

And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.

The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭7-13, 30-32‬ ESV)

Jesus wanted his disciples to experience three opportunities where they needed to impose limits on themselves for their own good and the good of others; to simply have no regrets. He told them not to (1) Overpack, not to (2) Overreact, and (3) not be Overwhelmed.

These are great truths if we are ever going to experience the fullness of Christ without regrets. When we can draw limits around what we need and what we really don’t, we learn to trust God to provide for tomorrow. When we learn to shake the dust from our sandals when people don’t accept us as we represent Christ, then we keep ourselves from being offended. When we experience the fullness and balance of being used by Christ to leave this world a little better than we found it, then we can truly enjoy what it means to find a desolate place and rest; and that is a soft pillow at night. #noregrets