This is Part 18 of the A Luke 10 Moment series.
Jesus delivered some focused commands to His disciples. In particular, two times He told them to eat whatever was placed in front of them. Any house that gave them access, had already received them to some extent. Now that the household was open to the kingdom, Jesus wanted the disciples to eat what was given to them.
This teaches us that we need to learn to take people where they are. Some probably had extensive meals prepared for the disciples; other meals may have been quite simple. Jesus wanted the disciples to learn to start where people are.
We get open doors of communication with different individuals, and they are all at different levels of understanding. Some are already beginning a relationship with Jesus, others may think it was David that built the ark to fight the battle at Jericho. Start where people are.
Learn to discern how much of the gospel people are ready to hear. Some people will immediately receive the Holy Ghost. With others it may take a few bible studies before they comprehend what the Holy Ghost is all about.
Develop good Gospel manners. Don’t push too hard if there is strong resistance. Don’t wait too long if they are ready to hear more good news. Eat what is set before you.
Start where people are, rather than where you want them to be.