The Authority of The King
Too many of us dream about what we might do for the kingdom without ever learning to be faithful in everyday small things. Like learning to share your faith with family and friends. Like serving others in some way at church. Like volunteering when there is a need.
Like any good teacher Jesus is not hiding from the disciples what is coming. This short term experience is getting them ready for their life long ministry in which they will establish a church for the whole world. And the mild opposition they now face will be ratcheted up.
Jesus says, in verse 23 –“when they persecute you in one town, flee to the next.” Notice how important this verse is. Jesus is not saying that you must prove your faithfulness by going to prison or undergoing hostile treatment. He however is saying that we must acknowledge him before men that we must endure in the day of evil.
You only know if you are obedient to Christ when He asks you something you don’t want to do or when His commands become hard when everything within you screams out “I don’t want to do this, this costs too much.” It is then and only then when we discover whether or not we are his servants.