Summary: What is your part in the great mission of god?
A Mission For Everyone: Breaking Boundaries
Luke 10:1-11, 17 May 31, 2009
It is not for the elite. You need not be a professional. It is not an exclusive club, private fraternity, or social clique. The “Bold and the Beautiful” are welcome, but the “Humble and the Homely” will be in charge. Jostling for power or position is counterproductive and will not be tolerated; feeling not as important or not as useful is an especially insidious lie. There is only one entrance fee, the same for all, and everyone has the exact same ability to pay. It is, quite simply, your all.
Once you give your all, prepare to be transformed. You will be renewed, set free, forgiven, adopted, and blessed; and then you will be sent into danger with nothing except this transformed self and a new companion. Sent into possible rejection. Possible pain. Possible situations where you will love and work and have your heart broken and your work discarded. Once you are transformed you are sent – no other options or alternatives; no cushy desk jobs with lazy feet up reading a trashy novel, no lounging around in big comfy couches with funny movies and bottomless bowls of popcorn and soda.
Nope. Once you are transformed and begin to find out what it really means to be alive – fully, completely, wholly alive – the things you have “gained” in this transformation are not things to make your life nice and easy, but are tools to be used in hard rewarding work of eternal value, and if you lay them up against the side of the house they’ll just rust and be useless.
The Mission is for Everyone. I really believe that the church at the beginning of the 21st Century has forgotten this. “No, the mission is for the missionaries, not for ordinary people like me…”. “That should be the pastor’s job…”. And besides, we think, what can I do anyway? Enter Jesus:
Luke 10:1-11, 17 (NLT):
1 The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. 2 These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. 3 Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.
5 “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ 6 If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you. 7 Don’t move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay.
8 “If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. 9 Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’ 10 But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this—the Kingdom of God is near!’