This is Part 5 of the A Luke 10 Moment series.
Notice that Jesus sends His disciples out for the first time in pairs. 35 different pairs of believers set out on a journey into the miraculous. Jesus wasn’t interested in solidarity. He was establishing from the get go that ministry is about a team.
Now, apparently there were some teams that didn’t have any success. Some cities were not open to the kingdom of God doing a new thing. The disciples that faced this opposition were still a part of the seventy. Some had results, others were resisted.
Yet, when the disciples returned home, the bible again calls them seventy. And collectively they had the testimony that the devils were subject unto them through the name of Jesus. The seventy had the victory together. Even though there were groups of people that didn’t have results; they were still a part of the victorious seventy. Therefore, all the victories were shared victories. All of the blessings were shared blessings.
Kingdom work is all about the seventy. There isn’t room for solidarity. We are working for the betterment of the entire body of Christ. Your victory is my victory. My blessing is your blessing.
Let your focus be on the progress of the whole church, rather than it’s parts.