Luke 10:1-24

Luke 10:1 “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.”

We are sent by GOD, each of us, with a purpose in this world. Do you feel this? Do you really feel this? Do you feel and understand you are sent by GOD?

What does it mean to be sent by GOD? I know people who only know… or want to know “Christians”… or have “Christian Friends”.  In Luke 10, Jesus appoints and sends 72 people out ahead of him… not to his Christian friends, but to every town and city where he plans to go.

Luke 10:8-9 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you.  Heal the sick who are there and tell them, the kingdom of GOD is near you.”

Jesus doesn’t tell us to go to the churches and synagogues, or to preach, or advocate, or demand, or push…Jesus tells us to go to people’s houses, eat what is set before us and heal.

Luke 10:17 and 20 (17)“The seventy two returned with joy and said, Lord even the demons submit to us in your name. (20) However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

When we bring meals to Paris Elementary, or cookies and bingo to The Gathering Place, or a picnic to Open Door Youth Gang Alternative, or a Doctor to a dump in Nicaragua, or water wells to the untouchables in India, or homes to the homeless in Mozambique we are bringing the Kingdom of GOD near to people and we can rejoice that our names are written in heaven.

Luke 10:23-24 “Then he turned to his disciples and said privately. Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

There are people dying to find GOD in this world. In churches and homes from Korazin to Bethsaida from Highlands Ranch to Wind River. And Jesus is saying all we need to do is go into people’s homes who allow us in, drink and eat with them, listen to them, provide a loving response to heal their worries, fears, doubts, and wounds and let them know the kingdom of GOD is near.  It is like my favorite saying from Saint Francis; “Preach the gospel every day, and sometimes use words.”

Precious Father, Loving God, Holy Spirit, We thank you for your word, we thank you for your son, we thank you for your love, and we pray that we hear your call and follow ahead of you to the places you are about to go. AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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