10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ 16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” 17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
First this passage is an encouragement to the three mission teams we are supporting this month and the team of folks working at CERF and Smart Kids, Smart Lunch.
The number of folks willing to be available to take on a personal mission is limited. This is the heart of our Everywhere Missionary program.
The instruction is given the book-ends of encouragement and inspiration.
- On one hand there is the encouragement to know that we are going where Christ is preparing to go.
- Not everyone will be ready nor receptive
- The measure of successful mission is not in the number of people served, but in the willingness to go out to where the people are rather than wait for them to come to us.
- And instructions are given for both the open hearts and the closed minds.
I enjoy baseball and one of things I like about the game is that the successful players are celebrated for getting a hit thirty percent of the time.
- Jesus knows the six dozen folks that are going on this mission will not always see great things.
- But the reports that return are the success stories.
Think about the Braves, the end of the game wrap up is not how many times Freddy, Simpson, and McCain struck out. They talk about the hits, doubles and home runs.
But with the successes come plenty of strike outs and errors.
We come to the table of Christ, where disciples gather for encouragement and inspiration
Not because we are successful but rather because we have sinned, failed and find ourselves striking out.
Each of us have the opportunity to be on Christ’s mission..
Will go Go where Christ is preparing to be or sit this one out?
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- Pray Daily
- Do at least 1 item from the Mission Calendar* Weekly
- Read and Write Monthly
- Give or Volunteer Annually