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FAITH OVER FEAR - Like Sheep Among Wolves

Luke 10:1-12 (p. 724) October 15, 2017

Introduction:

Jesus and his disciples are walking down the road to another village when a man approaches Jesus and says, “I’ll Follow you wherever you go!”

And Jesus wants to make sure he knows what he’s in for.

“Foxes have dens and birds have nests but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Basically Jesus is telling this man… “If you choose to follow me it won’t be comfortable…you’ll have no real home here on earth.”

And then Jesus looks at another man and says, “Come follow me…” but the man says “Lord, just let me go bury my dad.”

Sounds like an important priority doesn’t it? I’ve buried my dad…it’s an emotional subject…But we need to understand…His dad’s not dead…He wants to oversee family affairs and settle inheritance issues in the future…He’s the eldest son who gets a double portion…He’s saying, “Let me get my inheritance and then I’m all in…” Jesus cuts to the chase.

If you want to live for me…If you’re alive spiritually…let dead people bury dead people…you go proclaim the Kingdom of God as the most important thing.

And then another guy jumps into the conversation…“I’ll follow you Lord, but just let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

Jesus replies…“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.”

Like Lot’s wife…he wants one more glance at his old home…one more look at his old life…Jesus says: “You cannot serve in my Kingdom if you keep doing this!”

The Apostle Paul came to understand the power of this truth when he set his priorities…One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13-14)

Trying to look back while you’re stretching for the finish line is a recipe for failure.

Immediately after these encounters, Jesus appoints 72 others and sends them out in teams of 2…they go ahead of Him to every town He intends to go…His advance teams.

I always wondered if any of those 3 men were in the 72…It doesn’t tell us what their choices were…fear would have had them headed home to their own beds, becoming administrators of their family assets, and renewing relationships with old friends and family…Faith would have had them not even taking a purse or bag or sandals on the journey of a lifetime.

Following Jesus is still the journey of a lifetime…It’s abundant and absolutely filled with a harvest…but few choose it…Why? Because:

I. IT’S DANGEROUS TO BE A LAMB LIVING AMONG WOLVES

The first thing Jesus tells His advance team is: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field…Go…I’m sending you out like lambs among wolves.

What??? That doesn’t sound like the pep talk I’d want to hear from Jesus in this situation.

I like the big harvest part…but being small in number and surrounded by wolves isn’t that appealing at all.


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