READ: Luke 10:1-17
“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.”
The Bible has its share of visionary leaders. Joseph helped Egypt survive a coming famine. Jethro saved Moses from leadership burnout. Nehemiah rebuilt Jerusalem physically and spiritually. However, Jesus in these verses from Luke exhibits exemplary leadership as He prepares His disciples to take on a leadership role.
Before requiring His disciples to take function as leaders, Jesus – as seen in these scripture readings – always made sure that they knew how they were to do it. In John 13, Jesus called His disciples to practice foot washing as a sign of servant love.
He always gave others the guidance to get his disciples started and then remained available when they needed more guidance.
In these passages from Luke, Jesus made sure the Twelve were clear on what they needed to do to translate the vision (bringing the message, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you) into reality. Let’s break down how he did that:
Jesus defined the target audience. They were to focus on the lost sheep of Israel.
Clarified the specific message. Kingdom of God has come near to you.
Described practical tactics to make the message concrete. Heal, raise, cleanse, drive out.
Provided with a resource plan. How they should feed and clothe themselves on the journey.
Set realistic expectations about the journey. It would be hard and they would face opposition.
Healthy guidelines for handling adversity.
Rewards and benefits of completing the mission.
How appropriate is this passage at this place and time in the life of Grace!
“We all see the shrouding mist, but leaders have seen the city. Leaders glimpse what others may not see and are captured by it. That’s why they risk everything to reach the city.” (Haddon Robinson) Grace’s vision is to teach others how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ for our NEIGHBORHOODS, our CITY, our WORLD. Invest your time and energy in helping others break through the shrouding mist and see the city. May God bless all of us as we make this journey.
(Excerpts from “Leadership Essentials”)