‘He told them: “Take nothing for the journey – no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.”’ (v3) Luke 9:1–6

We all prepare for a journey in different ways. On pilgrimages, where we daily have to carry all our own luggage, it’s best to travel light. In some ways, what we insist on including in our luggage will reveal a lot about where our security lies.

God invites us to place all our security, or trust, in Him (Prov. 3:5–6). This is perhaps the steepest learning curve any one of us faces; moving from self-reliance to God-dependence. Yet, that is truly the nature of faith.

I recently had a fascinating conversation with the principal of Liverpool College. In brief, he fears that education had been reduced to little more than a mechanistic system to produce academic results.

His contention: educators needed to ask what their real desire and purpose was, and what were they willing to settle for? A critical question, as their answers lay the foundations for the future society.

Perhaps, as we seek to integrate our faith with our life, we’d do well to consider who we are and what we really want from life? It may well be something far more intangible than the material objectives we can easily invest our time in chasing after.

This journey will necessarily invite us to ask questions of ourselves as we determine the depth of friendship and the nature of the Christian life our heart desires. 

SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Psa. 118:5–10; Prov. 19:20–23; John 6:25–40; Phil. 3:7–14.

AN ACTION TO TAKE: It might be helpful to consider a short course to stimulate our thinking about what we want to do in life. Visit Waverley LEARN at edwj. org/nd21-2nov to see online and face-to-face opportunities that might serve your needs. 

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, help me to discover who I am and who I am to become. Give me courage on this journey. Amen.’


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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.