Horn of Plenty (3)

Continuing on in Luke 10.

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.

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Let me ask you this, when you travel do you typically pack what you need?  I can’t tell you how many times my wife and I have traveled somewhere only to learn I’d forgotten something crucial – underwear, shampoo, deodorant, etc.  We make a trip to the local Wal-Mart or Target and get what we (I) need.  By the way, I’m getting better as I “mature.”  🙂

I’m amazed at the faith Jesus speaks of, when He sends the seventy-two out to affect the world.  In other words, when He calls, He expects us to be ready.  There’s no time to pack, no time to plan an itinerary, no time to do anything except obey (See Lk 14:25-27).  As we go, we believe God will provide what we need.  There’s a time to plan and then there’s a time to act on faith.  All too often, churches and individuals alike get caught up in the planning and not acting.  Jesus is attempting to get His followers to understand God’s provisions.  Notice the text says not to greet one another on the road.  It’s not saying “Don’t be friendly.”  Jesus is making the point the mission is so important, you must remain focused.  Often, I joke (only halfway) that we all lack the ability to remain focused spiritually.  I say only halfway because if we’re not intentional, we fall into a default mode of chaos.  Think about this: Inclusion into a Divine Mission is huge!

I’ve always been interested in what comes next.  Jesus says to speak peace on houses where they go.  If the peace is received,  it will return.  However, if it’s not, you know it’s time to move on.  Often, we read the text and simply move on.  But we miss something.  The Greek word for peace is “eirene.”  But to think of what Jesus says as how we often define peace is to miss an important point.  We think of peace as the absence of war.  However, what peace then meant was much larger.  “Eirene” speaks of communal well-being, a certain security, or plenty.

…the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:26

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14 (emphasis mine)

So the idea of peace has a tremendous impact of what Jesus says in Luke 10.  As they are sent, they (eventually we) are to do what Christ did – offer peace.  More to say about this tomorrow.  But as we think about these verses, think about your faith.  Are you willing to do what Jesus says without hesitation?  Do you believe God will provide?  Then what about focus?  Are you so devoted to God and His will that you forego any desire or wish to follow His leading?  Pray about these things and determine what needs to be changed.

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