After this, the Lord Jesus formed thirty-five teams among the other disciples. Each team was two disciples, seventy in all, and he commissioned them to go ahead of him into every town he was about to visit. He released them with these instructions:
“The harvest is huge and ripe. But there are not enough harvesters to bring it all in. As you go, plead with the Owner of the Harvest to drive out into his harvest fields many more workers. Now, off you go! I am sending you out even though you feel as vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves. You won’t need to take anything with you—trust in God alone. And don’t get distracted from my purpose by anyone you might meet along the way.” Luke 10:1-4 TPT
I wonder how much different the world would look today if we were to go back to the initial instructions Jesus gave. Go out into your neighborhoods and communities, praying the Lord of the Harvest send workers to reap the harvest. Going to prepare those around us to receive Jesus.
I feel we’ve become extremely distracted from our purpose. Our churches have become full of comfortable Christians who don’t want to do anything. Like the pools they swim in, they don’t want it too hot nor too cold. Just everyone play nice with one another and don’t make waves. No diving in the deep end. It’s just too dangerous and someone could get hurt.
But that’s not what Jesus sent them to do. He told them in later verses that there would be some cities that wouldn’t receive them but to just shake it off and leave. Verses 8-9 says; “When you enter into a new town, and you have been welcomed by its people, follow these rules: Eat what is served you. Then heal the sick, and tell them all, ‘God’s kingdom realm has arrived and is now within your reach!’
What would our neighborhoods look like if we did this? Went into their homes, ate their food and filled their hunger by giving them what’s in us. Healing their sick and giving them hope instead of talking our problems and our pains. How much change are you willing to give? How uncomfortable are you willing to become?
Here’s a thought, what if you stopped expecting your neighbors to change and you became the change? Instead of wanting to be heard, you became a listener? Instead of complaining that they don’t mow their lawn, you mow their lawn. Instead of waiting for them to introduce themselves, you introduce yourself.
Don’t make it about religion, make it about relationship. Mirror the love of God to others and watch and see what God does with that. Instead of inviting them to church with you, you be the church. Invite them for dinner and build relationship. It won’t be long and they’ll be asking what’s so different about you? That’s your invitation to share your relationship with Jesus.
Father, we love how much You love us, now help us to be obedient and surrendered servants who do what You’ve instructed us to do; to go before You and tell them You’re coming and what You bring is life altering. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.