Piece of the puzzle…

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 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. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.” ‘Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.’ The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!’ He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’ (Luke 10:1-11, 16-20, NRSV)

Today’s lesson is easily read for many different things.

We read it and hear we should have the power to cure diseases, heal the ill, and cast out demons… Well can’t we all do this? Jesus gave the disciples the power to do what He had done and even greater things… So why are we not casting out demons and curing the sick? We are, we just may not realize we are…

Jesus also tells us that we will tread on snakes and scorpions and nothing will hurt us. As one little man said this morning, “Jesus gives us the power over the bugs!” We can tread on evil and it will not effect us.

Or how about Jesus said, “do not be over joyed because the evil spirits obey you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

These are all great things, but what is really the thing Jesus is getting to in this text?

I see 2 things…

1. We are sent out in pairs. We are not to go it alone.
2. We are to rely on the generosity of others. We are to take nothing with us.

We are not in this alone. I use the analogy of a puzzle. If you put the border together you see the boundaries that God has set for the body and the image He has designed. Now each of us is a piece in the puzzle. The picture is not complete without all of us. We need everyone else to make the picture that God has designed come to life. We can not go it alone, and we have to rely on others, and that is number 2. We have to more than us, and we have to rely on others. We are to be interdependent.  We are individuals, only in the sense that we are unique people God has created to be a part of His picture. Our individualism will only get us so far. As Benjamin Franklin said at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must hang together, or assuredly we will all hang separately.”

We are interdependent on each other. We are not created to be alone, we are a part of the body, and we need each other, just as the others, need us.

Without your piece, the puzzle is incomplete.

Published by asacredrebel

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