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MTVEA: Do the Work of an EvangelistLuke: 10:1-12
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. (vs 1-4)
Paul the Apostle asks Timothy to do the work of an evangelist (2Timothy: 4:5). Mainly what Paul asks is to be dedicated to preaching the Gospel, teaching the word of God, correcting the society, and marking the gospel with life, no matter what the difficulties may be. Through this Bible portion (Luke: 10:1-12) Jesus speaks to His chosen people mainly about the importance of their mission, the loyalty to be maintained in the mission journey, and the confidence to move forward without faltering in the face of adversity.
When we think about the disciples of the time of Jesus, the first thing that comes to our mind is the twelve disciples. But Jesus had more chosen disciples. Jesus appointed them to do the same ministry as He does (Luke: 10:1). They are sent by Christ to certain places before Christ, as messengers of love, care, healing, and dedication. He sent them to be a preview of His ministry. That is why Jesus talks to them in detail about the care they should exercise in their ministerial ways and lives. Wherever we go, we can become the symbols of Jesus' salvation.
Jesus sends them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go. Jesus mainly does this for the mutual encouragement and care among those He sends. The journey is on a dangerous path (Luke: 10:3). If we care for each other in this journey, the ministry will be successful. We are also sending the message to the world that as Christ’s disciples WE ARE ONE, members of the same body. The ministry of togetherness is very important and necessary. The selfish desire to hear one's own name will hinder the ways of ministry. God’s helping hand will be with us if we stand together in full submission to God’s mission.
When we are sent as messengers of Christ, we should not rejoice in the words of praise or be saddened by the rejections (Luke:10:11). If a person accepts our Lord when we truly represent our Lord, it is not our victory but our Lord's victory. If a person rejects our Lord, he cannot experience our Lord. The most important thing is that our purpose and action must truly represent the Lord.
To be a soul winner is the happiest thing in this world. And with every soul you bring to Jesus Christ, you seem to get a new heaven here upon earth. - Charles Spurgeon
Rev. David Cherian
St. Luke’s MTC Florida