No chance – apart from the grace of God

Luke 10:2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 

Coty Pinckney asks, in a sermon, “Learning to be a Disciple”:

wolf_lambWho do they depend on? Verse 2 tells us they are sent out through prayer, while verse 4 tells us they travel without provisions. They thus are actively and passively dependent on God. Verse 3 emphasizes this point, saying they go out as “lambs in the midst of wolves.” How much chance do two little lambs have when they are surrounded by a pack of 50 wolves? None! Sure, they can try to kick with their little feet, but their power is minuscule compared to that of the wolves. Nor can these stupid lambs compete with the wolves in intelligence. They have absolutely no chance – apart from the grace of God.

So Jesus tells them, “Depend on God, and on Him alone! You are nothing! You can do nothing! He is everything!”

What are they to accomplish through this journey? Jesus tells them in the next several verses. He says, “You are source of God’s peace, God’s well-being, God’s shalom, on each house you enter. So heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

Do you see what Jesus is saying? “You are representatives of the Kingdom! By your coming near, the kingdom is near!” And note from verse 11 that this is true even in those village that reject the messengers. Even there, the kingdom has come near.

Do you see the paradox here? Jesus says, “You are nothing. You have no power. Remember that. But you are God’s representatives. So through you God’s mighty kingdom is made manifest in the world.”

You are weak, so depend fully on Him. In His Name you have all authority and power. You are His representative.


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