We All Have A Mission Field

Jesus sent His disciples out to do the things that they had seen Him doing.  He gave them the authority to cast out demons and cure diseases.  This was much more than just a sideshow act, though.  They had a message.  According to verse 2, they were to “proclaim the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:2, NIV).  They were not to take anything with them, but rather to rely on the kindness and generosity of others.  Then the disciples went and did what Jesus told them to do.
I believe that Jesus still sends us out into the mission fields of our lives.  We all have a mission field.  We all have people in our lives that need to hear about the Lord Jesus Christ.  In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus told His disciples to make more and better disciples by teaching them and baptizing them and teaching them some more.  There are three principles of evangelism we can learn from today’s passage:
  1. We have to meet people’s needs.  The disciples were going to meet people right where they were.  They were going to heal diseases and cast out demons.  We need to remember that we have to meet needs in order to gain an audience with people.  If we proclaim the Good News without sharing how it meets a person’s greatest need, we’ll be less effective than if we meet someone’s deeply felt needs in order to gain that audience.
  2. We have a message to share.  Once we meet the needs of people, we have to share our message – the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  If we merely meet someone’s felt need, we’ve done a good thing, but we haven’t met their greatest need – a Savior.  Jesus died to rescue us from our sins and has given us the hope of eternal life with Him.  Without Jesus, we are lost in sin.  We are destined for hell.  Hell is very real and people really do go there without Jesus.  If we meet felt needs without sharing the Good News, then we’ve done a great disservice to the Kingdom of God.
  3. We have a God who provides.  The disciples were to trust that God would provide for their needs each day.  When it comes to God’s Kingdom, we must trust that we will have all we need in order to accomplish God’s will.  God will provide for His Kingdom.  We must be good stewards of all that He provides.  We must use His resources wisely.  When we do, God will provide for all of our needs to further His Kingdom.
Let us be willing followers of Jesus today and seek opportunities to share the Good News with those who so desperately need to hear it.

Luke 9

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him.


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