Sunday, 10 January 2016

MISSIONARY: INSTRUCTIONS, REPORTS AND REWARDS

Luke 10:1-20 NKJV

 1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL CHRISTIANS
 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.
 4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.
 5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’
 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.
 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.
 8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.
 9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
 10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,
 11 ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’
 12 But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.
 13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
 14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you.
 15 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades.
 16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

REPORTS
 17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

REWARDS
 18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

THE LESSONS FROM THESE BIBLE VERSES
Just like in the time of our Lord Jesus Christ, the harvest is truly great but the Labourers are few. Jesus sent 70 preachers in the above bible verses. But when He was giving the great commission, the message is for all the followers of Christ to go and make the deciples of all nations..

- Verses 3-8 Shows us that we don't need much resources to do the missionary work, that God is sufficient for us.

AS THE CHRISTIANS
- Verses 9-11 tell us to preach about the kingdom of God to the people and the nations. That exactly is our main mission.
- Preaching in the name of Jesus will give us strength and power over every principalities and powers (verse 17)
- The reward is: authority over principalities and powers but we shouldn't let this get into our heads, we should rather let our rejoicing be in the fact that; because we have carried out our duties duly and wonderfully, our names will be written in the book of the life (verses 19-20)

AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE MESSAGE (THE UNBELIEVERS)
I tell you that the messages coming to us from the bible these days are messages of hope and we shouldn't let this opportunity pass us bye.
- Verse 12 here tells us that the destruction that awaits the people who hears the gospel and ignores it will be greater than the destructions experienced in Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:12-29)
- Verses 13-15 tells us that the gospel messages that we have in the bible and that we preach today is a rare opportunity which we must not ignore.
- Preachers are mouthpiece of God. If you listen to the preacher then you listen to God, if you reject a preacher and His messages, then you not only rejected the preacher but you also rejected the Holy one who sent Him.


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