This is Part 22 of the A Luke 10 Moment series.
The first thing I read of the seventy is that they are sent. This is an action word that reminds me a lot of the command to go. Jesus is interested in instilling into His believers that we are to be people of action. Go is a part of the Gospel. And go is a part of God.
After they are sent in verse 1, Jesus gives them instruction. Jesus always trained the called, but never called the trained. He tells them what to do, and what not to do. He tells them how they are to behave, and what they are to say. Jesus gives plenty of instructions. Remember, this instruction is given after they are sent.
This is on the job training. Learn as you go. That is still the best way for people to minister. Get out there and do it. Lessons that are learned through experience have a far greater effect than lessons learned in a classroom. The harvest field is Jesus’ classroom.
Jeremiah was once instructed to go down to a potter’s house. God told Jeremiah that at the potter’s house, he would learn the word of God. It would have been easier for God to just tell Jeremiah the word, but it was a more powerful lesson when God mixed learning and life experience together.
Don’t wait until you have figured everything out about the supernatural before you try it. Learn while you go. Ask your friends to church, even if you don’t have a great speech prepared. Pray for the sick on the job, even if you haven’t ever done it before.
It’s on the job training – and it’s a very exciting way to live.