Well you have to start somewhere…once Jesus had established his ministry, he then began to build his disciples. He chose men from the groups that were around him. He chose a variety of men from a variety of backgrounds—But the mission was simple—There is a harvest-I need harvesters. The passage is amazing because he does not send these men out with the authority to preach and pray!! He sends them out with the authority to heal, to free and to save those lost and enslaved. They were sent out to do what he was already doing.
In our churches and in our culture, Jesus does not call us simply to be friendly and mention his name on the streets; instead he calls us to continue what he was doing. We are to pray and seek those whose lives have been crushed and entangled and provide them the message of hope, healing and provision. We are not figureheads that wear a label and to look pretty—We are battle trained warriors called to harvest and heal a broken and Godless world. We can never relent. We can never give up. We are called to press on to the end—shields up, swords in hand ready to fight to the death for the cause of freedom. Help me Lord to humbly follow with my heart and head focused on the battle that lies before me!
God Bless You
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.