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. 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.
This past week was our first week as a community with The Tangible Kingdom Primer.
We talked about what it means to be people who are sent.
[WARNING: Christian buzz word ahead…]
A missional community.
As a supplement to the Primer, we looked at the passage above.
Go check out the the rest of that passage.
Go read it.
It’s kinda crazy to grapple with the idea of being sent by Jesus.
Sent out like lambs among wolves.
Jesus doesn’t say to gather everyone to where he is.
He says to go and to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Luke 9:2).
He doesn’t even guarantee safety or comfort.
As a group we talked about what it means to be a sent.
In the same way, Jesus is sending every follower of him out to bring a piece of heaven to earth where they are so the world can get a glimpse.
How often do you live with the realization that wherever you live, work, and play, you are on a mission, sent by Jesus?
The busyness of work, family, chores, and responsibilities often overtakes my life and I get more focused on managing those things than I do the mission God has set before me to join him in.
How about you?
I’m excited about continuing to hash this out in community at Missio Dei and figure out how to be true to Christs call on our lives.
Who are you processing this kind of stuff with?
Are you living like someone who is sent out like sheep among wolves?
Or are you enjoying the safety and comfort of the sheep pen?