PREPARE FOR THE LORD
Mighty God, I thank You for Your persevering and pursuing love that will not let me go. In the embrace of Your love, I am secure.
Read LUKE 10:1–24
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“Who gave human beings their mouths?… Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (Exod. 4:11,12).
There are echoes of Moses again here. Moses had been very reluctant to speak for the Lord. Later, he asked the Lord why he had to cope with the Israelites’ complaints; he was told to choose 70 elders to help him (Num. 11:16,17). There are lessons for us in the way the Lord sends disciples out to prepare the way for him; not this time the chosen twelve (Luke 9:1), but ordinary disciples are sent by him to announce the coming of the kingdom, to encourage people to come and listen to him, so that after the resurrection they would be ready to become part of the newborn church. They prepared the ground, going with a companion, living simply and with purpose, bringing peace, accepting hospitality, but moving on when they were not welcome. Then they came back to report. The returning disciples were encouraged by the responses, but some had rejected their message. Jesus mourned over the response of the small towns where he grew up.
The message of the Gospel has been around for 2,000 years and in many parts of our world today people are turning to the Lord in large numbers, but for those who live in the western world it is hard to overcome the prevailing secular mindset that assumes that Christianity has been tried and found wanting. They have heard it all before. The hardest part of being his witnesses is knowing that some, even close friends and family we have prayed for, perhaps for years, may not respond.
The passage ends, however, in joy, exhilaration and celebration. Jesus affirmed the disciples then, as he does us today, heralds of the kingdom promised from the beginning, foretold by the prophets and about to be fully revealed when this journey ended with Jesus ascending to the Father.
How would you describe the harvest around you? How can you become more involved in the harvest?
Lord, send out workers into the harvest field. Arouse me and arouse Your people with a new heart for evangelism.