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Luke 10:1-11, 16-20; Beyond the Shire

Key Verse

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.
— Luke 10:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, July 7, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Sometimes the mission Jesus calls us to changes us forever.

Jesus’ disciples had left their vocations to follow Jesus. They could no longer rely on their work for income. To continue in the ministry of Jesus, they would need to be paid in food and shelter, if nothing else. When Jesus sent them on this mission, he told them not to bring provisions more than they needed – anything that could either be a distraction, slow them down, or put them in danger of being robbed. So when they entered a town, they were charged with proclaiming the good news of a loving God. In return, they would need food and shelter. “The laborer deserves to be paid.”

Jesus’ disciples went on a mission to change the minds and hearts of others. They returned, themselves utterly changed. The hearts and minds of the disciples were opened because they did the hard work. They took the risks. They left everything to follow. They left as infants and returned as scholars. Their work changed them forever.

I am a fantasy geek. What comes to mind is The Hobbit trilogy. In the first scene in the Shire, a little, inexperienced, sheltered hobbit is invited to embark on an adventure. The adventure would last a couple years, three movies, and many exciting encounters. During the last scene of the final movie, the hobbit Bilbo returned to find he had been declared dead, and his home being auctioned off one item at a time. Bilbo enters his home to find it in shambles, having been looted by the auctioneers. It was a fitting end. The messy state of his home mirrored the messy state of his soul. He had returned utterly changed. He was not the same hobbit that left the Shire years before. He had gone as an infant and returned a scholar of life. It makes me wonder sometimes if I am content to sit in my hole in the Shire, or if, perhaps, God is calling me on an adventure that will change me forever.

Call me beyond my boundaries I have placed for myself, that I might live for you, O God. Amen.

 

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