Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
June 30 Scripture Selection: Luke 10:1-20
Food for Thought: Luke 10:2, 4, 8-11, 19, 20
This entire section can really be considered instructions from the Lord for those who are laborers in the harvest (That’s you and me, all believers in Jesus Christ, in one way or another!). Let’s review:
First, since the harvest is GREAT and the laborers are few, pray that the Lord of the harvest send even more laborers. Also, the Lord wanted the seventy to see that He would provide their every need, so He instructed them to take nothing with them. Besides, they were afoot, and the extra weight would only tire them sooner and become a distraction. Their attention would be divided between their mission and protecting their belongings. He also instructed them not to salute anyone on the way. They were to stay focused on the mission. Stopping to talk might delay them, distract them, or even detour them. And when entering a city where they were received, they should eat what is placed before them. There is no place in the ministry for those who would place their culinary preferences before the feelings of the people. (Self takes last place!)
If a city would not receive them, they were to shake the dust off their feet and still insist that the Kingdom of God was declared to them and they rejected it. The laborers were to have the priority of preaching that the Kingdom of God was at hand and were not held responsible for the results.
But there would be great results in many places. Even the demons would be subject to them through the name of Jesus. Jesus told them they would have power over all the power of the enemy and that nothing would hurt them. But he warned them to realize that their rejoicing shouldn’t be in the fact that the spirits were subject to them (Don’t get an inflated ego about that!), but rather they should rejoice in their salvation which is the reason that they are able to perform those marvels.
These were instructions for the seventy chosen, and Jesus is not legalistic to bind people today to them as if they were law, but they do contain much wisdom for us today. I pray we all glean from them everything we need for successful service in the harvest today.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):