In my years in ministry, I've had many students that I've considered "my kids." I take pride in my kids as they grow up, accomplish things, raise families, and so on. Yet, what I hope to do even more is send them out to do the work of the Kingdom in Jesus Christ. One of my kids actually came to live with us for a while. He eventually went to the Kiamichi School of Preaching and today is a minister in Christ, preaching the Gospel. Today, I got to watch him preach. I felt pride that Paul must have felt in Timothy as he rightly divided the word of God for his congregation. And this is what we're all to do! We're not all preachers, nor are all of our disciples preachers and teachers, but we're to produce godly men and women who seek to do the work of the Gospel by making disciples! Send them out! Imagine what the church would be like if we made disciples, and unleashed them on the world to do as we taught them. What if our spouses, kids, neighbors, friends, classmates and enemies were discipled and unleashed upon the world! Loved ones, this is the mission of the church. to make disciples and unleash them on the world! We're disciples who were discipled by disciples who go back all the way to Jesus Christ! He unleashed His disciples and sent them out, and they sent their disciples! We all are in that great work in that great line of disciple making disciples. Make disciples and send them out! The rewards are amazing, and what we see of the treasures we store in heaven will be too valuable for words! Luke 10:1-23
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 'Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.
“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”