After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:1-2)
The wife of the Hospital Administrator/MD of our local hospital, a friend and neighbor of mine, had brain cancer. When I was recovering from cancer/radiation, God asked me to take dinner to her family, so I did almost every week for three months. I’m not sure they ate the food because my friend showed me recipes from a fine dining magazine and suggested I try them. But God nudged me to continue until I returned to work. I saw her sister walking one night and asked how my friend was. She had died, and her family hadn’t invited me to the funeral. Her sister was embarrassed and apologetic. This family was wealthy, they didn’t need food. They were Catholic. They knew about Jesus but needed to know His love.
Showing God’s love to meet one’s practical needs is the best way to introduce people to Jesus. The other way is simply to tell another about Jesus. Jesus sent out these seventy-two to introduce people to Jesus by loving others and meeting their practical needs. When we love it brings a better harvest. The world would be a better place if Jesus had more workers loving people and less workers preaching rules.
Father God, I ask you for more workers to send into your harvest field. Show me one who needs an introduction to your love, and help me see their needs. Help me be less critical and more loving. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.