Jesus Expands His Operation

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.” Luke 10:1-12.

Jesus did not limit His ministry to the twelve apostles. He had big plans. He was putting on staff and increasing the reach of His kingdom. And this hasn’t changed, even today.

We are all familiar with Isaiah 9:6, which begins, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” But the next verse begins, “Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end.” God’s government in this world consists of the ministry. We are His ambassadors, a kingdom of priests who stand between God and man. (1 Peter 2:9). We are the advance team for the return of Christ. And Jesus has put out the Help Wanted sign.

We have made the mistake of limiting the ministry to a handful of professionals who oversee some expensive facilities. Those facilities are trying to reach the world in a couple of hours, one day each week. If that isn’t limiting God, I don’t know what is. The fact is that He lives in a mobile home, YOU, and that He has prepared work for you to do. (Ephesians 2:10). The boss will see you now.

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