SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013
‘After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’ Lk. 10:1-2
FOR the mission work, it is God and God alone who calls would-be workers. Impliedly, no one calls himself. Jesus selected 72 disciples to help in the mission work in towns and villages; to prepare people for the kingdom before his return.
There is usually a purpose attached to the call. Here, we saw the agenda Jesus had for the recruited 72 disciples. His agenda for them was that of mission. The mission to win souls and make disciples of all nations (Mtt. 28:19). The issue of whether the work of mission is to be convenient or not is completely ruled out.
However, the worker that must be sent out for the mission field is expected to do so in the power of Jesus. Interestingly, he is not to entertain any fear because the power of Jesus, which is capable of healing, delivering and restoring people back to God is with him. Here Jesus reassures the worker: ‘you will trample upon scorpions and nothing shall hurt you,’ Lk. 10:19. ‘I am with you till the close of age’ Mtt. 28:20.
Sometimes when a worker is distracted; he begins to complain, murmur, indulge in faultfinding, develops an unforgiving spirit and gradually looses satisfaction for the work of God. I know this is a strategy of the devil to derail the worker. I prayer for the Holy Spirit to deliver those in such situation.
It behoves the church therefore, to go to God in prayer for real and genuine workers to be involved in the mission field. Jesus’ outburst is worthy of our consideration, for He said: ‘the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’
The mind of God is to reach the unreached. Bring back those that have departed from the way of God to the Lord’s house. There is no doubt that many out there have not known Jesus as their Lord and personal saviour. To such people, committed and willing workers must seek to deliver them from eternal damnation. The volume of evil in our community suggests that more people need to be engaged in evangelism.
Remember, ‘the devil prowls seeking whom to devour,’ 1 Pet. 5:8. Already, some young people have fallen prey to the whims and caprices of the evil one. You can easily see that from their dressing, interest in pornography, alcoholism, lost of interest in the things of God and ramble-rousing type of life that is inimical to their spiritual growth. Jesus desires that committed and genuine workers should be sent to the mission field to really recover this group of people from the devil.
The Holy Spirit, our senior partner in mission work, is highly needed to enable us perform. A worker that is not empowered by the Holy Spirit will not get it right. Holy Spirit is a great enabler and a great energiser, when He is given its rightful place in our lives, He will guide us aright.VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.