My To-Do list is longer than I have time to complete it. Sometimes it’s longer at the end of the day than it was at the beginning of the day. I have many days where I have been extremely busy and yet wondered what did I really accomplish. Have you felt that way?
Life can feel like an endless hamster wheel. If you are on life’s hamster wheel, you are probably exhausted chasing happiness or running away from a frustrating experience. You are busy all the time but never achieve anything important. There’s always something that needs to be done. Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and again and expecting different results.” Would you like to get off the hamster wheel? Would you like to be better than just busy?
Living a life with more meaning doesn’t mean you just stop doing a bunch of stuff. It means you target your time and energy into things that really matter. In Luke 10 Jesus shows three actions that really matter: Go and tell, Stop and help, and Sit and learn. In this article I about Go and Tell. Of all the things we can do for someone, telling them about Jesus has got to be #1. And yet, if we do all kinds of things for people, but don’t tell them about Jesus, we will have missed a wonderful opportunity. So if you want to be better than just busy, you need to go and tell. Why? Here’s three principle to help you understand why you should go and tell.
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:1-2)
Previously Jesus sent the 12 apostles into Galilee (Luke 9). He now sends 70 into Judea to prepare for His trip there. It is not just the vocational ministers who are to go (Apostles). All followers are to go prepare others for meeting Jesus. Jesus’ final command was to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mark 16:15). Whether in full time ministry or as a member of the congregation, all Christians are to go and tell the message of Jesus.
- Jesus sent them in pairs (2×2). This not only would be for companionship and encouragement. It’s always good to have a partner when you tell people about Jesus.
- Jesus let them know that it was work. He likened this work to a harvest. Ask any farmer, the harvest is rewarding but it’s hard work. The same is true about the spiritual harvest.
- Jesus encouraged them to pray for more workers. It reminds me of a popular song years ago called. It said, “My house is full, but my field is empty. Who will go and work for me today? It seems my children all want to stay around my table. But no one wants to work in my field.”
Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. (Luke 10:3-9)
Jesus doesn’t just send us out without giving us some instructions. What helped the 70 disciples will help us.
- Travel light & fast. They weren’t to take much with them and they were to stay wherever they were permitted. Material possessions can slow us down, literally and figuratively. Don’t let your life cluttered up with material things. Be content with what you have.
- Heal the sick. We may not have the power to heal, but we can help meet the obvious needs of people.
- Speak peace. Their message was simply, “Peace.” We can offer peace with God through Jesus to everyone. If they receive it, great. If they refuse it, God’s peace will come back to you. Either way, you are blessed.
But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. (Luke 10:10-16)
The message of peace may be rejected. It’s always amazing to me that people don’t want to believe good news. Jesus instructed the 70 not to take in personally. They were to shake the dust of the city off their feet on go on the the next stop.
However, rejection of the message of peace with God is serious. Since Jesus is the only way to God, to reject Him is to continue on a path to judgment and eternal punishment. Those cities that rejected the disciples, rejected Jesus, and would face God’s judgment.
There is no record of any hostility against Jesus from any of the cities mentioned. They simply rejected Him. Yet, it will be worse for them on Judgment Day than the immoral cities Sodom and Gomorrah. What will send a person to Hell is not their sin. People go to Hell because they have rejected Jesus as their Lord and Savior. That’s why some “good” people will be in Hell. They did not receive Jesus.
Jesus sent out 35 pairs of people to prepare them for His visit. Jesus has sent us out to prepare people to meet Him. It’s a command. To not tell others is to be disobedient. I encourage you to go and tell. If you tell others, you are doing something that really matters – to Jesus and them!
A story is told about a Coast Guard unit stationed at Cape May, New Jersey. One night a hurricane blew in from the Atlantic Ocean & a ship was breaking up just off the coast. The commander of the unit woke the men under his command & told them to prepare to go to sea. One of the young recruits shot back incredulously, “But, Captain! If we go out there, we may never come back.”The captain answered, “Son, you don’t have to come back! You have to go out.”
Being a Christian requires betting your life on the truth of the Gospel & committing yourself with all the risks involved. It requires the abandonment of the securities that this world has to offer, and that you launch out into unknown waters where the threats are great. Go and tell!