The Holy Gospel: July 7, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  Luke 10:1-11; 16-20

Meditation: “Scouting for Jesus”

We misread the Gospel if we think Jesus only gave one Great Commission.  The fact is, there are crucial commissions in each gospel account–Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:44-49, and John 20:21-23.

But that’s not all.  The Twelve were named apostles, which means “sent ones.”  And now, in today’s text we find Jesus appointing seventy others, “sending” them ahead of him into every town and place where he intended to go–“scouting for Jesus.”

How in the world, then, did we get the idea that Christianity is a come-to religion when it is obviously a go-to one?  How can we exempt ourselves from Christ’s commission, when he “sent” everyone who followed him?

Nothing hurts churches more than thinking folks are supposed to come to us, when Jesus said we are supposed to go to them.  He knew that the general public will never (or only rarely) “come to church,” so he set up things differently and told us to “go to the world.”

How many missionaries are there–how many witness–how many servants–how many scouts?  The answer is: as many as there are Christians.  The question is: have we activated our job description?

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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