February 9, 2012 – Devotion Sharing (Luke 10)

Submitted by Rick Y. from Gracepoint Berkeley Church

Luke 10:1-2 

  • Jesus saw this world as a harvest field.  Contrast this to how I view this world.

Jesus saw the world as a harvest field.  It means that there is a sense of urgency in wanting to go out and harvest the crops because it’s ready.  It’s ready to be harvested and there isn’t a lot of time to do it.  What does it mean that the people are ready?  It means that the gospel can offer something that will satisfy them.  They are ready to hear and receive the truth it has to offer.  […]  The common thread in my story as well as other people is that we are all seeking something that will give us that sense of peace and fulfillment because until we find it, we are all wandering in life.  God sees this.  The world is in need of the gospel that can provide all of the answers to their questions and they just need someone to show them and explain to them what the gospel truly is.  Too many people, like myself, grew up with misconception about what God was like, and what it meant to be a Christian.  They need to see genuine Christians living genuine Christian lives.

  • According to this passage, what must my life be about as a follower of Jesus?

My life must be about being a harvest worker.  That genuine Christian life that can offer answers to all the questions.  The harvest is a harvest of soul who are waiting for someone to come and show them the true meaning of life.  And the harvest is everywhere.

  • What is my harvest field?

When Jesus tells the disciples that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few, my initial thoughts are about mission work and in particular, missions to third world countries or some other areas where the gospel is not available and there are people who are waiting to hear answers to the meaning of their lives.  It’s interesting to see how I quickly think of the harvest field being somewhere other than where I am.  But one thing that I’ve been realizing more and more is that the harvest is plentiful not just in foreign mission fields, but right in front of us.

Luke 10:17-21

  • What is the source of their joy in v. 17?

The source of joy for the 72 disciples was the fact that even the demons submitted to them in Jesus name.  They were probably amazed at this very satisfactory victory over demons.  They felt like they got something done and they were able to free people.   and that they were able to accomplish this.

  • What is the source of joy Jesus refers to in v. 20?

The source of joy Jesus refers to is that their names are written in heaven, in essence it’s their salvation.

  • How do these two differ?

The source of the disciples joy comes from their accomplishments.  They were able to do things that they weren’t able to do before.  They actually overcame obstacles and came out on top.  It was probably a wonderful, exhilarating experience that they could tell all of their fellow disciples and just praise God for doing.  They experienced victory.  However, as wonderful as it was, it was a joy that was dependent on results.  If they didn’t get to experience such powerful experiences of God’s power and deliverance of people who were trapped by these demons, how would they have responded?  Would they still be joyful.  So Jesus reminds them that these are all good things and they should be rightfully happy, but that it shouldn’t be at the foundation of their joy.  What is genuinely joyful and what doesn’t depend on the results of their efforts is the fact that God’s grace was freely poured out to us.  That our names have been eternally written in heaven and that nothing can take that away.  Romans 8:38 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  This is the source of ultimate joy.  The kind of joy that can fuel me to struggle over sin and not become discouraged when I fail, or when things don’t seem to be going the way I want it to go, or when my efforts to love are misunderstood and defeated.  It’s okay because God still loves us and nothing can take that away.

  • What about “the wise and learned” makes it difficult for them to see “these things” which the “little children” easily see?

The wise and learned think that they already know.  They are convinced that how they are seeing the world is the right way to see it.  Maybe they’ve said things and based their lives on this view of life and so they aren’t interested in being wrong, but more interested in proving that they are right.  So even things that seem to point to a different understanding of life, it will be met with resistance and trying to come up with another way of explaining it based on their own understanding.  For me, being so self-sufficient, I couldn’t understand people who did things for others.  I think for a long time, I had the understanding that this must somehow benefit them so that’s why they are doing it.  If someone from church treated me to dinner, then it’s because they want me to keep coming out rather than the possibility that he just wanted to get to know me and he was being generous with his money.  The attitude of the wise and learned is that they already know and they try to explain things away, even things that don’t make sense in their worldview.  And contrasted to this is how children learn.  They readily accept things and believe it without all the complicated rationalization.  They see things as they are, and they are like sponges soaking up everything.  I used to see that as gullible, but having been on the cynical and skeptical side, it’s what makes belief in God possible, instead of trying to be nobody’s fool and not believing in anything.

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