Jesus sends out 35 pairs of his trusted followers tasked to preach, heal and talk about Jesus and how through him the kingdom of God has come near. The challenge is that the 70 are sent with very little supplies or accoutrements. There is no plan B…or back-up plan. They are it.
Jesus said, “Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.”
The 70 are not professionals or people who were deemed “important” enough by the Gospel writer to have their names mentioned. They are anonymous Joes and Janes who are the first wave of a sea of believers we know as Christ followers. They only had the clothes on their back and sandals on their feet and the mission of Jesus in their heart. Are you ready to respond as they did? When Jesus calls you to be his hands and feet in the world, will you be outfitted with the right pair of shoes?
“What shoes are in your closet?”
Home Devotion Questions
- When packing for a trip what are you sure to bring with you? What are the essentials and “must-haves” that will make the trip (business or vacation) successful? Is your faith life part of the essentials you’ll be bringing with you?
- Jesus sent 70 out in pairs. Why? Because no one is an island.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. –Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Who has God ‘paired’ you with?
How have you been made stronger by the company of another?
Think about someone who has been a partner or support to you, and give them a “thank you” or blessing for their gift of companionship.