What does Mark 6:10 mean?While sending the Twelve on their first missionary journey, Jesus does not allow them to take two tunics for warmth because He expects them to stay in the homes of those they minister to. By remaining in the first home offered to them, the disciples are not tempted to find better accommodations. They also prevent jealousy in those who come to hear their preaching later and wish to host them.
By staying with the first household that invited them, the Twelve duplicate Abraham's servant. Abraham sent him to find a wife for Isaac from among Abraham's kinsmen. The servant reached the area and asked God to identify His choice for Isaac's wife. Rebekah immediately came and offered to water the servant's camels.
The practice of hospitality has always been very important in the Middle East. John devotes an entire letter to his friend Gaius, praising him for taking in traveling evangelists despite criticism from another member of his church. He says, "Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God" (3 John 1:5–6).
Jesus' words speak to us in two ways. First, we should be ready to provide lodging and support for pastors, missionaries, and other ministers. Second, if we are in a place where we rely on support provided by others, we should be grateful, even if we think we deserve more.