Luke 9: Shake the Dust

Posted on March 6, 2014

3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” (Luke 9:3-5)

Jesus had just told his disciples to go and tell people about the “good news” (aka gospel) of the Kingdom and to bring healing to the sick. He told them to rely on the hospitality of others along the way. He also told them to be prepared to “shake the dust” from those who were resistant to their message.

Lent reminds us that time is a precious commodity. We can hear the sense of urgency in Jesus’ voice as he calls us to “come and follow” and tells us to “go and tell.” Are we wasting time on those resistant to the message of good news? Is that what Jesus means when he tells the disciples to “shake the dust” and move on? How many of us need to move our focus in a different direction in order to be more effective in our ministry to those waiting to hear?