July 6

Luke 10:1-11

“Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” vss. 8-9

It didn’t take long for Jesus to realize that the work of proclaiming the kingdom was too much for one person…he needed an army of disciples to meet the needs of the needy and the broken. He started with seventy, sending them out two by two with careful instructions on a very specific mission. What began with that small number thousands of years ago has turned into a multitude. Today Jesus has billions of disciples, all called and sent to proclaim the presence of God’s kingdom in a world yearning for goodness and joy. But even more than that, we who have been marked with the cross and sent are the actual presence of Christ. In us the Spirit of Jesus lives and breathes. In us his work continues to be done. We carry his healing touch and through us countless hurting people are lifted up and given hope. Our mission fields vary considerably: for some it’s family, for others a workplace or school, still others might be serving in a faith community or a neighborhood. But whatever our credentials or degrees, whatever occupation we might claim, our central purpose in life is as a part of the Risen Christ. We are his hands and his feet and through us his work is being done and the kingdom comes. Through us the world is loved!

Thought for the Day: What work is Jesus doing through me today?

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