7 July 2013Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
"He said to them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'" (v. 2)
Although the number of the workers Jesus sent is in doubt, it
seems to be symbolic of the number of the nations of the world.
This means that the gospel (the good news about Jesus) is to be
taken to the whole world.
Jesus began by stating the fact that the work must not delay for the harvest is ripe and plentiful but the laborers are few. Jesus urges the disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest for more laborers.
God is the Lord and owner of both - the harvest and the workers. The disciples become the answer for their own prayers. In verse 3, "Go on your way. See, I am sending you out ..." Jesus warns them that the task is not trouble free. They are like lambs in the midst of wolves. There will be times when their lives are in danger and seem helpless. They must look to God to provide for their needs.
Jesus' instructions remind them that their task is urgent and not to delay by greeting people on the way. The East, like Pacific islanders, have elaborated greetings and hospitality which can be time consuming. Jesus also warns them about all these and with a sense of urgency that they must press on.
Their task is to preach and to heal and their message is that "the kingdom of God has come" (v. 9).
- In which area do you see yourself as part of God's answer to your own prayers?
- What contribution can you make to spread the gospel in your local community?