Chapter 10 opens with Jesus sending out seventy-two other disciples (aside from the initial 12) into the world. Notice that He "sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places He planned to visit".
Jesus was sending them out to do tough work. He knew that they would need the company of another. A person who would uphold them. A person who would work with them. A person who would have their back. A person who would take all the steps together.
I am encouraged by people like that in my life. I am blessed with people like you, who walk in faith with me.
But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven. (Luke 10.20) ®
The joy is not in the doing and winning over; nor in proving power and being better. The real joy is being in God’s presence.
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10.41-42)
Personal worship. Not the grand ceremony. Rather the intimate; the one-on-one; just you and God. You in His presence. That one thing worth being concerned about. May we all discover this.
But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence. (Luke 11.8)
I think this should be the phrase of the day: shameless persistence.
Keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking. This is what Jesus says: be shamelessly persistent in our pursuit of what we need.
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11.10)
But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice. (Luke 11.28)
Just do it.
Let’s not just talk about it. Let’s not just read about it. Let’s not just theorise about it.
I want the more blessings. Let’s do. Let’s live God’s word.