Travel companions needed
When we think of Jesus’ followers we often only think of the twelve apostles, but there were more. In Luke Chapter 10 we see Jesus sending out seventy disciples.
He sent the seventy disciples “ahead of him … to every town and place where he himself intended to go.” This was a kind of “internship” while Jesus was still with them.
Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs because they needed the comfort, encouragement and support of each other. Likewise, Jesus invites us to attach ourselves to other Christians because we, too, need the comfort, encouragement and support of each other.
It is not good for us to try to be Christians alone. It is not safe. It is unhealthy. It is not possible for us to survive as lambs in the presence of wolves without the benefit of the flock, with whom we share worship, table fellowship, friendship, community and prayer.
It is also important to find Christian friends with whom we can honestly share our stories, expose our doubts, share our joys and disappointments and from whom we will receive advice and encouragement.
We need others, a community and travel companions, to help us live out the Christian life. A burning coal, when removed from a pile of red-hot coals, loses its fire when it sits alone.
Jesus appointed the seventy and said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. “The harvest is plentiful” is as true today as it was in Jesus’ time.
The Church exists to equip us to share the gospel with others. It is here where we develop the virtues and values that enable us to grow in faith. It is here where the teaching and preaching shapes our understanding of God so we can go out and participate in the work of Jesus.
As Christians we have a positive role to play in the world. We have something to offer the world; something the world desperately needs, even though it may not always welcome it.
Jesus said, “ I came that you may have life, and have it to the full.” The gospel offers people a deeper and more authentic way of living life and it implants the seeds of eternal life.
The Lord of the harvest wants you and me out in the field. Everyday is a harvest day as we take hold of the countless opportunities and challenges to share the good news of Christ with others.