Luke 10:1-9 Clearing The Way
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
He was driving home from a football game. His team had lost (like always) and he was in a bad mood. Instead of taking the normal (safe) route home, he decided to take a different route. It was late at night when he noticed a woman on side of the road. She was waiting. She was a prostitute.
This young man, a senior in high school, lived under very strict rules at home. Although he never complained, he was a bit resentful of his life. As he was speaking to me, he reminded me of the eldest son in the parable of the Prodigal Son. Yes, he was a solid Christian man. He went to church on Sunday. He prayed before meals. He was respectful to his elders. He kept his virginity. But he wasn’t happy. He felt like his family was keeping him from the best things in life!
He decided to turn into an abandoned lot. He stopped the car. She walked up to it. He rolled down the window. He looked at her. She looked at him. But when she looked at him, he felt as though she looked right through him. She smiled at him, shook her head and said to him, “No. You shouldn’t be here. This is not for you. Go home.”
He took off, ashamed of himself and crying as he had never cried before. A prostitute had saved his soul.
Maybe she was an undercover cop. Maybe she was a real-life prostitute. But no matter what, this young man will never forget what happened to him that night.
Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom (cf. Psalm 145:12). Paradoxically, morals, values and principles are black and white. People are not. What is right or wrong is clear. That people are good or bad is not.
Of course, much of who we are is connected to what we do. But instead of focusing on what we do, the Lord focused on who we are. This is why the Lord was so successful in converting the sinner. He was able to look beyond the sin and see the broken heart behind every “Sinner”. By healing the heart, he eliminated the bleeding, the sinning.
I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last. No matter what state of life I am in, I can give glory to God. No matter what I have done, I can give glory to God. No matter what work I do, I can give glory to God. No matter what I have or where I am, I can give glory to God. No matter how sinful I am, I can give glory to God. For God chose the weak to make the strong look weak.
He chose us (the weak) to carry his work along.
So what do you work for? Who do you work for? Who’s your boss? Do you work for heaven and earth or just for earth? Do you work for God and man or just for man? When was the last time you invited someone to go to Church with you? Never???
“Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.” Leave behind your pride (money = security), your vanity (sandals = image), and your sensuality (greetings = seeking approval).
What I must do is pretty clear. Who I am is not so clear. Let’s make it all a lot clearer by clearing the Way of the Lord.