Packing your Bags

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. 5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’    Luke 10:1-9

Bags You Should Not Use

Money Bag

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10

 You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Hag. 1:6

  • Knapsack

Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” 16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”  Luke 12:15-21

Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Matthew 19:21-22

Items Not to Pack:

  • Sandals

Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.     Lk.10:4

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.    2 Tim.2:3-4

  • Clothes of Captivity

She shall put off the clothes of her captivity … Deut. 2:13

1) Sackcloth

       Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may    become  

       blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a

     crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the

       world, Phil. 2:14-15

2) Baby Clothes of Carnality  

     And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to  

     carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food;  

     for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not  

     able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions

     among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 1 Cor.3:1-3

     But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice,

     blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Colossians 3:8

What Do You Pack?

  • Your New Clothes 

… put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. Col.3:12-14

  • Fruit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Gal. 5;22

… walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph. 4:1-3 

  • Specific Items You Need for your Destination

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.   Luke 14:28