READ : Luke 10:1-20
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs. (v. 1)
The Gospels remind us that we are to do more than worship God on Sunday. We are to build up and encourage one another as we serve God together. The fellowship of believers in the early church, as described in Acts 2:42-47, reveals a communal atmosphere of worship, care, and evangelism.
Today, we turn from worship (focusing upward on God) to thinking about discipleship (turning toward the church). The church is meant to be a body, a group of committed followers of Jesus Christ. We are not to serve alone, but together, just as Jesus sent the disciples out to minister in pairs. Together is better. Together we pray for one another, share one another’s burdens, visit the sick, comfort the oppressed, teach and encourage, maintain accountability, and combine our God-given gifts in ministry.
In God’s kingdom, there must be an attitude of humility, teamwork, unity, and a servant’s heart. Is there teamwork and unity in your church? Do you seek to minister effectively with others? The Lord did not send people out alone. He sent them ahead in pairs to do his work, proclaim the good news, and minister to those in need.
Heavenly Father, help us to work together as believers, faithfully serving, edifying, caring, and witnessing for your glory. Amen.