It All Depends on Jesus
Jesus sends workers to bring in the harvest.
A suitcase and a list of all the things you must pack when taking a vacation.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every t own and place where he was about to go. 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. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. Luke 10:1-4 (NIV)
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I am getting ready to go on vacation. I have my bags all packed and ready to go. I am really looking forward to this chance to "get away from it all" so I can relax. I have a list of all the things I need to take with me on vacation.
- Clothes - enough for two weeks
- Hair dryer - in case they don't have one at the hotel
- Shaving kit (or cosmetic case) - to stay looking my best
- Some comfortable shoes - for when I have to walk
- Sandals - in case I go to the beach
- Swim suit - for the beach or the hotel swimming pool
- Camera - for sightseeing trips
- Laptop computer - so I can chek my email and surf the web
- A book - in case I get bored
- Traveler's checks, plenty of cash, and credit cards
Can you think of any other things I may have forgotten? I want to make sure that I have everything I might need on the trip. Sometimes I think that when I go on vacation, I am not really "getting away from it all" -- I am taking it all with me!
The Bible tells us that Jesus appointed seventy-two of his followers and sent them out, two-by-two, to go into every town and place where he was about to go. Do you know what Jesus told them to take with them? Nothing!
Jesus said to them, "Go!" Then he went on to say, "Do not even take a purse, or a bag, or a pair of sandals."
Now, why did Jesus say that? I think it is because when Jesus sends someone on a mission, their success or failure does not depend upon what they bring with them -- it depends on him! One reason I can be pretty certain of that is because of something else Jesus told the people when he sent them out. He said, "He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me."
Just as Jesus sent out the seventy-two people, he wants you and me to go to people today and share the good news that the kingdom of God is near. The results do not depend upon us. We should not become puffed up when people receive the message and we should not be discouraged when they reject the message. We should just go and tell as if everything depends on Jesus -- because it does!
Dear Jesus, may we be ready and willing to go when you say, "Go!" and leave the results up to you. Amen.