Gems 2014 — June 30 Scripture Selection: Luke 10:1-20

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.):

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4 Responses to Gems 2014 — June 30 Scripture Selection: Luke 10:1-20

  1. suyts says:

    Be willing to be that voice!

    The wondrous thing about The Gospel, is that it holds different messages, depending upon what our Lord is trying to drive home to the person reading.

    Every time I read this passage, this is what it tells me ….. Be willing to be that voice. I’m referencing vs. 10 -12.

    10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
    11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
    12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
    There are consequences to rejecting the Word of God. It’s unpopular to say these things. Even today, one is vilified for saying such. It’s easy to paint the pretty picture. It’s hard, at first, to be willing to be that voice which says “No!!! You’re wrong and you need to repent!”
    It’s hard for several reasons. But, the hardest is that they will call you a hypocrite. And, they’ll be right. We are all sinners, and no sin is greater than another, save one.

    It’s hard. It’s humbling. It’s humbling before God, and man. But, you have to be willing to be that voice. But, once you are, and once you do, it gets easier. Christ’s yoke is light. The heaviest yoke is what we put on ourselves.

    The next hardest part is, you love the people, but, they reject your words, God’s message. You don’t want to “wipe the dust” of them from you. You have a personal investment in these people, and it’s difficult to simply let go. But, it isn’t about you. It’s about God, and them. If they will hear, God will send another. You simply have to look at it like you helped plant a seed (through God) and God will watch it grow and harvest, not you.

    That said, this is the least optimal outcome. Ideally, it doesn’t have to be this way. But, you have to be willing to be that voice ….. that nutter, that crazy, that derelict, that hypocrite. Being rejected by your fellow man is, sometimes, being acceptable to God.

    This is one of Christ’s instructions. You have to be willing to do this.

  2. A few days ago I said, “if you have a friend who lives far from you pray this,
    Lord send one of your faithful servants to my friend”.
    The next time you meet a stranger, be ready to speak, you be
    answering a prayer!!

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