During my time in the Word today, I was focusing on Matthew 15. Of course, many of us recall the dialog that Jesus had with the Canaanite woman needing deliverance for her daughter that was “grievously vexed with a devil”. I have always loved how she spoke to Christ and reminded Him that even the dogs get to eat the crumbs from the master’s table.
But today, something else caught my attention. In verse 24, it says “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Did you catch that? He said I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He knew EXACTLY who He was sent to. Let’s look at that word “sent”. In the Greek it is “apostellos” meaning to send, to separate out, to send on a mission. But another definition is to be found. It is “to be set at liberty.”
Wow! So, this one little verse is opening up to me on two amazing levels.
- We need to seek Him and ask Him, WHO am I SENT to? We need to know exactly what people group or region or state or even co-worker or family member that we are sent to minister to.
- When we are sent we are set at liberty and being sent on a mission to set others at liberty! As we know who He is sending us to, it takes out all the guess-work and, to be frank, it takes the “me” out of the equation! How liberating!!
I encourage you to spend some time before His feet and simply ask who it is that you are being sent to find and minister to. He will show you and begin to burden your heart for them. This can only lead to liberty –> for yourself AND for them!!
Seek Him, that you would know with a certainty who He has sent you to bless, minister to and set at liberty.