Daily D – Luke 10:1
Luke 10:1 The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. (NLT)
Biblical leadership is not limited to a small group of men who keep the circle tight and exclusive. Spiritual leadership is entrusted to all who will prepare the way for Jesus, who will announce the Good News, and who will work at gathering his harvest.
The Apostles of Jesus could not carry the load of the Good News all by themselves. Pastors and church staff members cannot carry the load all by themselves today. Discipleship is an all-play sport.
The word “other” in this verse draws our attention back to Luke 9:1, 2. Jesus sent his twelve disciples out to “tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” In chapter 10, this commission is extended to “others.” They carried out the ministry the apostles had previously carried out. (See verse 17. See also Jesus’ reaction to their obedience and effectiveness in verses 21-24).
Here is a Great Assumption: If you know Jesus, and if you know people who do not know Jesus, Jesus is sending you to help those you know who don’t know him to help them know him like you know him.
Sentness is not a special calling; it is every believer’s calling. Each of us is an Ambassador of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20, 21).
Who will you bless today with the Good News of Jesus? How will you live sent, live on mission, for the rest of your days?
I will live with a conscious awareness of sentness.
Our Father, thank you for drawing me to yourself. Thank you for family, friends, and others who showed me the way. Use me to help others come to know you and experience you. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.