Day 136 – He Has the Power
On: March 16, 2015 | By: admin
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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. Luke 10:1-3
There is a lot going on in these three verses. Jesus selects a second group of followers, a “trial church”, to represent him. He changes His metaphor for the spread of the gospel from “fishing for men” to “reaping a harvest”. And He warns that it will be dangerous. Yet, it is three discreetly placed words that stand out for me:
“… ahead of him …”. These disciples were being sent out to prepare the way for Jesus. They were not going to change the world by themselves. They were emissaries. It is Jesus, and He alone, who is Lord of the Harvest – today, as then.
This doesn’t “get us off the hook” of evangelism, something many of us are very reluctant about. It changes our role. Like John the Baptist, we are to prepare the way for the One who can change hearts and turn around lives. Rather than rustling up courage to blurt out the Good News, we ought to be asking Jesus to show us whose lives He is working in and how we can come alongside to help out.
If we rush in by ourselves, we have been warned – we will be like lambs among wolves. And there’s only going to be one outcome there. With Jesus leading the way, though, an entirely different dynamic appears, one that Isaiah foresaw: “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” Isaiah 11:6
He has the power. He leads the way. We will only see His power if we find out where He’s at work and get on down there. Then we can be party to amazing transformations like those foretold by Isaiah.
Lord Jesus, show me where you are at work, and the role you want me to play … that I might be able to join in the celebrations as you transform lives. Amen