Called In. Sent Out.

Posted: September 15, 2015 in TLCC
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OJT. On the Job training. Internship. Practicum. Everyone has to undergo some kind of practical application in their lives. We don’t want to remain in kindergarten forever. We don’t aim to be in college for ten years (although I did that and at one point realized how ridiculous it was to major in the minors!) We are called in by God to be in a church. However, we are not called in just to get together forever. We are called in to be sent out. This is the focus of our study in Luke 9:1-6. We will be looking at the (I) Missionaries, (II) The Message and (III) The Responses.

I. The Missionaries (v1)

And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases

The twelve disciples were simple men. Ordinary. Nothing spectacular about them. They were not famous. They were not rich (except for Matthew, who was a tax collector). They were not educated, as education was given to the upper classes. Jesus could have commissioned educated men. Or rich guys. He did not.

Marshall Seagal aptly puts it, “We’re not saved to be save. We’re saved to be sent.” We are just similar to the twelve. Before we think and say “we are nobodies”, we ought to ask who gave us the mission. Jesus did. Check out Matthew 28:19-20. We are called to go and make disciples. It is really never about us. It is about the one who sent us.

We may be ordinary people, but our God is extraordinary. He is the one who gave us this mission so we need to go. The question then is, “what is the message that we are to proclaim?”

II. The Message (v2)

and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.

What was the message that Jesus is preaching?

a) The Kingdom of God
Here’s the thing, man is a sinner and is separated from God. Jesus comes and proclaims we now can come to God! We can be redeemed from our state! We no longer have to be slaves of sin and death! We bring the good news of God’s solution for sin. We talk about salvation through Christ alone. We proclaim that now we have peace with God, no longer at war with Him!

b) Repentance (Mark 6:12)
We can’t go to God without acknowledging our sinfulness. We have to come to a point of repentance. What then is repentance? It means turning away from sin and living our lives for God. We no longer are at war with God but we also can’t have a relationship with Him until we come to a point of surrender! Repent!

c) To Heal
Jesus used healing to bring people to himself. He also empowered the disciples to heal. The question is…does healing exist today? I believe so. Dependent on God, not on our prayers or faith. God still heals. (for more information on healing, read this post)

As we go out, we could expect the responses of people we share the message with.

III. Two Responses (v3-5)

And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”

(a) Willing to Listen
– There are people who are willing to listen. Stay with them. Invest in people who want to learn. Take time to answer the questions. Don’t ignore a person who wants to learn more about God.

(b) Refuse to Listen
– There are people who would flatly refuse. Don’t waste your time. Move on. Shake off the dust.

This really is something we should consider. When it comes to discipleship, learn to differentiate between investing or moving on. There would be times when we want to invest in certain people but then we have to understand that we can’t really force someone who doesn’t want to listen.

If you force something, it breaks.

That adage is true even in discipleship. While we want to say “Let God be the one to handle the person”, it is also important to take note that there are a lot of people out there who are lost.

IV. Go + Do (v6)

And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

The disciples went and we can see the results. If we want change, we have to come to a point of not only reading but doing. We have to come to a point of being obedient to God’s command to us.

We need to exercise faith. We need to come to a point of graduating. We don’t stay as learners forever.

This is the challenge. My prayer is that each of us here make disciples. We are called to go out. Let’s stop making excuses and start making things happen.

We don’t accidentally drift into holiness; rather we mature gradually and purposefully one choice at a time. – CJ Mahaney

Look at the result of the work…

V. The result (v7-9)

Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen. Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him.

Even Herod was disturbed. The authorities heard about them.

It is as simple as doing our role. We do discipleship. We meet in small groups. If we want to see change in our country, we have to do our part in spreading the Gospel.

Here’s a few things to ask…

a) Am I being discipled by someone? If not, ask for help.
b) Am I discipling somebody? If not, start discipling already!

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