After this, the Lord Jesus formed thirty-five teams among the other disciples. Each team was two disciples, seventy in all, and he commissioned them to go ahead of him into every town he was about to visit. He released them with these instructions: “The harvest is huge and ripe. But there are not enough harvesters to bring it all in. As you go, plead with the Owner of the Harvest to drive out into his harvest fields many more workers. Now, off you go! I am sending you out even though you feel as vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves.
Luke 10:1-3 TPT
Breaking down this text a bit, it shows that Jesus picked 72 disciples. Some versions say 35 pairs, and sent them ahead in pairs to the towns and places he planned to visit. Jesus was preparing people to be in community. They were not good alone. This is a key theme throughout scripture. He was preparing for people to be ahead of him. He was planning on going there, but He wanted them to go ahead of him so that the groundwork was laid.
We talk sometimes about how we don't know what kind of seed we are planting. That seems to be the case here. However, Jesus was strategic about planting a seed. He knew where He was going to go and He sent his disciples ahead of him to prepare the hearts. What is the seed we are planting? What is the strategy with our church (connect, grow reach) and what is the strategy with your particular group of people? Let's support one another in finding that.
When Jesus spoke to his disciples that he was sending, he said there are many people who want what I have, but there are very few people who will share the good news. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest and ask him to send more workers into his fields. If we are truly doing what Jesus said we are supposed to do, we are making disciples. Therefore we have to have people in place with us to support us and to strengthen us and to pray for us and to prepare us to meet all of the challenges that may come our way.
Questions for you:
How do we know if we’re making disciples?
What will we see if we’re winning? Meeting our goals?
Who might God be calling you to ‘pair up’ with?