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Friday, July 01, 2016

Jesus sent seventy disciples on an urgent mission. Their timeliness was so imperative that they didn't get to pack a bag or even stop to chat with fellow travelers on the road. They were to quickly reach new populations, teach them about the kingdom of God, minister to their needs and return to Jesus.

Do we sense the same evangelistic urgency? Certainly we live in frantic times. We often struggle to balance the needs of our families, home, and work as they all place urgent demands upon us. While all of our God-given tasks are holy, how often do we remember those who have yet to meet Jesus? When was the last time spreading the good news of Jesus Christ commanded our best attention and energy? Maybe today we can make sharing Jesus our #1 priority--at the top of our list--and become a blessing to somebody we have yet to meet.

Jesus, we know you send us out every day to bless the world in your name. Today put us into the path of somebody who needs to meet you and give us the inspiration to share the good news of your love. Amen.

Jill Bergman
Associate Pastor, First Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights, Minn.
Master of Divinity , 2003

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 (NRSV)

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.
2 He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.
4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.
5 Whatever house you enter, first say, "Peace to this house!'
6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.
7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.
8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you;
9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, "The kingdom of God has come near to you.'
10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say,
11 "Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.'...
16 "Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."
17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!"
18 He said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.
19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you.
20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.