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“The harvest is huge, but there are not many workers. Pray for the Lord of the harvest to send more workers into the fields.” Luke 10:2
Eyewitness: pp. 95,96
In Your Bible: Luke 9:1-6 and 10:1-14; Matthew 9:37,38
You know the situation. You’re thinking, “I could do more with a little help!” When Jesus visited towns and villages, healing and preaching the good news of the Kingdom, he must have had the same thought.
He looked at the enormous crowd, the helpless and the confused with all kinds of needs. Jesus, moved with compassion said, “The harvest is huge, but there are not many workers. Pray for the Lord of the harvest to send more workers into the fields.”
Direction and authority given the disciples
Jesus called the 12 and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and heal all kinds of sicknesses and infirmities. Later Jesus appointed 70 more disciples (only recorded in Luke 10) and gave them the same authority and mind-blowing instructions on what to do:
* Concentrate on the lost sheep of Israel
* Preach the good news, the Kingdom of Heaven is near
* Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out evil spirits, raise the dead
* Give as freely as you have received
* Take nothing for your journey
* Take no sandals or extra clothes
* Take not even a walking stick
Jesus wanted the sent ones to know their dependence was on him and him alone. He warned them they’d encounter challenges and told them how to handle them. The purpose was to meet needs and bring the message of the good news of the Kingdom.
Believers are the workers in the fields
He commissioned each group and sent them out. The disciples were amazed at what they could do through the direction and authority Jesus gave them. They saw the people show the same joy as they had when Jesus ministered and healed. When Jesus sent the 70, he may have modeled sending all believers out.
When the 70 returned, they were elated and reported their experiences with delight. The disciples said, “It’s amazing, Lord! When we use Your name, the demons do what we say!” Luke 10:17-20 (The VOICE version).
Quickly, Jesus re-aligned the thinking of these disciples. Instead of rejoicing they could command demons to leave, they should rejoice that their names were written in heaven. Power and authority belong to the believer. Being counted as believers in the Son of God — that’s the primary reason to rejoice!
Application: Jesus has compassion for man’s needs. The Gospel of Luke shows Jesus sent more disciples….more were needed. Sent workers are extensions of Jesus in the fields. Today, workers are still needed in the fields. How are you helping?
Prayer: Father, your compassion is so great it overwhelms me. You are amazing. Show me how I can help in the fields.
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