“The Lord now chose seventy (-two) other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.” (Luke 10:1-3)
PART 4: “He sent them…to all the towns and places He planned to visit…”
Jesus’ nervous, ill-equipped disciples most likely feared what we fear when we set out to do God’s work: failure. The good news hidden in this passage is that Jesus comes along behind us picking up the pieces and bringing to completion what we merely started. We’re seed planters and soil cultivators. God comes behind us watering and bringing the growth.
This is a good word especially to those of us with a perfectionistic streak who don’t like even starting things we cannot bring to perfection. And in pastoral ministry, perfection is a myth. This fear can paralyze us, prevent us from even setting out on the road and giving it a shot.
Jesus’ disciples must have been reassured knowing that Jesus would be coming into town soon after them to offer guidance and pick up the slack. That’s the kind of God we serve.
So, get out there on the road and serve! Jesus will come behind us to pick up the pieces, complete what we started, smooth over our blunders, water the seeds we’ve planted, and bring forth the growth!