Dan C. Bailey
In Luke chapter ten, the Lord appointed
seventy disciples to go out and preach that the kingdom of God was nigh. As he
sent them out he gave them specific instructions. Let us carefully and prayerfully
consider some of the lessons that he taught them as he sent them to preach the
word of God.
Jesus taught that "...the harvest
truly is great" (Luke 10:2). Jesus knew that there were many who needed to
hear the word of the coming kingdom. Jesus was not a pessimist. He saw a great
harvest for God. Brethren, the harvest is still there. We can win souls for
Christ if we prayerfully plant the gospel of Christ in the hearts of lost
Jesus taught that "... the laborers
are few" (Luke 10:2). We need more workers in the kingdom God. There can
be no harvest without workers. Every Christian is commanded to be a soul winner
for the Lord. The great commission which was given to the apostles, must be
preached until the end of the world. "And Jesus came and spake unto them,
saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world
Amen" (Mathew 28:18-20).
Jesus taught that his disciples should pray
that "...the Lord of the harvest would send forth reapers into his
harvest" (Luke 10:2): God will bless us with workers when we pray and
trust absolutely in His word. The great providence of God could bless us with
another man with a heart like Paul, but first he must be converted. We must
work harder in order to reach more of the lost Brethren, let us pray about
Jesus taught the seventy, "He that
heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that
despiseth me despiseth him that sent me" (Luke 10:16). In principle, when
we teach the true gospel of Christ, we are acting on the commands of our Lord.
If people hear God's faithful servants, then they hear Christ. If they despise
God's servants, then they despise Christ. And if they despise Christ} they
despise God the Father. Those who refuse to obey the Lord will "...be
thrust down to hell" (Luke 10:15).
When the seventy returned they rejoiced in
that "...even the devils" were subject unto them through the name of
Jesus (Luke 10:17). Jesus said, "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that
the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are
written in heaven" (Luke 10:20). Brethren, their names were written in
heaven because they were faithful disciples of Christ. That is what we are
whenever we go out and do what the Lord said to do. Let us all work together in
order to help reach the lost. With God's help, we shall have a great harvest.
May God help us to be active in His service!
- Dan C. Bailey serves as a minister with the State Street Church of Christ in Bristol, VA. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at https://www.thelordsway.com/statestreetchurchofchrist/framedindex.asp?Group=Home