Luke 9:49 to Luke 10:12
In today’s reading, Jesus admonished His disciples not to be against those who do good works in His name. Jesus made them understand there was a price to pay for those who wanted to follow him as they would have to let go of distractions and focus on the assignment of bringing people to His kingdom.
Jesus told his disciples about the harvest being plenteous while the labourers were few. The disciples were challenged to go all out with little or no supplies as sheep in the midst of wolves with a responsibility to declare peace. They were instructed to do good works, healing of the sick and declaring the kingdom of God around with a sound warning to those who refuse to accept the message of the good news.
It is important we realize the huge responsibility placed on every believer to declare the kingdom of God and the power we have received to preach good tidings all around us. Our belief in God as our source is also emphasized in establishing the Lord will take care of our needs as we reach the message of the Kingdom. It is important as Christians to know we have been empowered with grace to do good works and bring glory to the name of God.
I will declare the kingdom of God wherever I go and do good works.
Reading – Luke 9:49 to Luke 10:12
49 “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”
50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them[a]?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.
The Cost of Following Jesus
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[b] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 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. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
Luke 9:54 Some manuscripts them, just as Elijah did
Luke 10:1 Some manuscripts seventy; also in verse 17