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After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by
two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2
He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask
the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his
harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
farmer has an priority for his crops at harvest time. It's a critical
moment for the ripened grain and every hand is needed to bring the
ripened grain into the safety of the storage barn. In the same way,
Jesus had an urgency to take the good news of peace, healing, hope, and
redemption to the world.
Jesus sends those who follow
him to take his message of hope and life into the world. Though his
messenger will not always welcomed, and his message is sometimes
rejected, Jesus compels his disciples to go.
Response and Action:
want to be receptive to the saving work of Christ in my life. I
welcome his message and I trust in his promises. I will also heed his
call to live and speak the good news of the Kingdom to the world around
me. I need to have a sense of urgency for the people in my life—family,
friends, neighbors, and co-workers. I need to recognize and seize
opportunities when the time is right. I will pray that many would put
their faith in Christ and, in turn, call others to do the same.
God, thank you for those who obeyed your command to go into the world.
Thank you that I have had an opportunity to hear the message and call of
Christ Jesus. Give me the faith, compassion, and obedience I need to
take and live Christ's message of hope and renewal. Strengthen me by
your Spirit that I might be a faithful, fruitful, and effective witness
of your power to renew and redeem all who put their trust in you.
Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Matthew 29:19-20
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Kingdom Come: How Jesus Wants to Change the World
by Allen M. Wakabayashi