The Commission of God
“I wish all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them” (29)
Of the 70 chosen, only 68 showed up to the tent. As the Lord promised, the Spirit of the Lord was upon them and they began to prophesy (vs25). The 2 missing elders: Eldad and Medad, never gathered with the rest, but “the spirit rested on them and they prophesized in the camp” (vs26). They may have been sick or felt unworthy of such honor or leadership, yet God had selected them to carry out His will. When a young man went and informed Moses of this, Joshua requested Moses to make them stop. Joshua was simply protecting his leader and did not want Moses’ authority to be stepped upon. Moses’ response was that of a true godly leader. He was joyful that they were prophesying. Here he wished “all of Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon all of them (vs. 29). What an unselfish response?
Some of you have been selected by God to be leaders in your own churches or local gatherings. How do you respond when those around you experience the grace and gift of God? Are we joyful that God is acting in His mighty ways or do we become envious? Today, more than ever, we are capable of spreading the Gospel further. God has commissioned you and me, by being believers, to tell others the good news of Jesus, not as a choice but as a duty!
Prayer: Dear Lord, You created me with a unique purpose. You put me in my church and neighborhood for a special reason. You placed the people around me, at school and at work, knowing that this world needs to hear your good news. Give me your spirit, that I may diligently fulfill your great commission today. Help me to share your good news with one other person today. Amen.
Thought for the day: How sweet it would be, if on this day, every Christian you knew, shared Jesus with just one other person? As we journey towards heaven, may this be our challenge. Lets fulfill the commission of God and ask the Spirit to guide us.
Binu Daniel St. John’s M T C, NY.