He wanted His disciples to do (with His power) what He had been doing – proclaiming the message of the Kingdom to the lost, healing diseases, and delivering people from demonic bondage in their lives. This delegation of power and authority was not only for the twelve disciples however, Luke 10 records that He sent out seventy-two others with the same authority and mission.
The Holy Spirit’s favorite word in the New Testament for believers is the word disciple. Every person who has responded in faith to Jesus Christ is His disciple (Acts 6:1). Not all disciples stay with the Lord, however. Many wander away from Him, cease following Him, and wind up not living for Him (John 6:66). The disciples who follow Him closely are men, women, teens and children who continue in His Word (John 8:31), learn to love everyone (John 13:34-35), and who bear much fruit (John 15:8). We are only able to experience the above-mentioned accomplishments, however, as we live and minister in the authority and anointing of Jesus Himself.
Question – “Is your life characterized by a daily longing for God’s Word, love for others, and witness and service for Him?” Second question – “Are you trying to live for the Lord, love others, serve Him by ministering salvation, healing and freedom to others in your own strength and ability?
Although all Christians are Jesus’ disciples, the only ones who will be successful in living for Him, serving Him and ministering for Him are those who do so in His authority and anointing. We need to pray today that: 1) We would be spirit-filled disciples of Jesus; 2) We would live, serve and minister for Him in His authority and anointing; and 3) The Lord would use us to bring healing, freedom and salvation to others!