One of the others (Luke 10-11; John 10:22-42)

10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. Luke 10:1

A few days ago I paused on a sports channel for a moment or two to listen to a NFL player comment about his seasons with one particular team.  He talked about their successes which were many.  But one thing seemed to stand out to me, “except for one player, on the team, everyone else were simply one of the others.”

Question:  “Would it bother you to simply be, one of the others?”

In the beginning of our readings for today, Jesus sends out 72 people with a simple two-fold task:

  • Minister the gospel with both proclamation and acts of kindness.

Pay close attention here: Those who ministered were identified as simply “lambs among wolves.”  This illustrated how kind they were to be in comparison to those they ministered unto.  Those who were being ministered unto were identified as those who either would respond “yes” or they would respond, “no” to the gospel.

  • Make clear the implications of people’s responses.

Those who did not receive would have no excuse for their failure to come to Jesus.  Those who did not receive would be judged in a much more severe way!

Those who did receive Jesus were called into the same ministry as those who had ministered unto them.  “This is Kingdom Life.”

At this moment, I want to pause and ask the following question: “Who were those 72 people?”  Answer, “They were simply the others.”

Brothers and sisters, there is something fulfilling in knowing that you are not doing something for the recognition of men.  There is something refreshing in knowing that you are lifting up Jesus.  There is something liberating in knowing, your life is about someone else’s glory.

This had to be one of the lessons Jesus intended in the parable of the Good Samaritan (10:25-37).

May this day, you and I be accounted as one of the others!!!

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