These verses seemed to really speak to me as I was reading them recently. Italics are straight from the Bible, plain text is my own words.
“5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles (the neighboring countries) or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel (Their home country).”
Don’t go other nations; go to your own country.
“16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
We have to be clever and use our minds, not just being innocent as doves.
“42 And if anyone gives…to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
Could this mean giving life?