Time to Say Yes
For a few weeks in our old neighborhood it was heaven for scavengers. Need tin to waterproof the roof of your shed? It was lying on the ground. Drive in and take it. Free of charge. Need treated wood for your deck? The stuff cost almost nine dollars a board but it was lying there waiting to be picked up.
I needed some crushed granite to fill in between the flagstones I was putting together in the back patio. Home Depot’s price was $4.68 for half a cubic foot. In one of the abandoned backyards it was lying free on the ground. I was told, “Dave, get over there. All you need is a shovel, a strong back, and the bed of your pickup. It’s free.” I thought I had time, but a fence company came that very day, surrounded the entire neighborhood with eight foot chain link fence, and a padlock securing the only entrance. It was too late.
In Luke 10 when Jesus sent out the 72 on the second mission trip during His earthly ministry, the time was short. He didn’t even let his representatives waste time in conversation as they met folks as they traveled to their destination city.
Jesus, the Son of God, was on earth. Soon He would visit your town. It was time to open the door to Him. This was not the time to delay. The time for decision was “Now!”
“Don’t carry a money bag or traveler’s pack. No change of sandals and don’t greet along the way. Whatever house you enter, say, ‘Peace be upon this house.’ And if there is a son of peace there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it will return to you. Now when you enter a home, remain there, eating and drinking what is provided for you. For the worker is worthy of his wages. Don’t flit around from house to house.
Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you, and heal those who are sick in it. And say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near.’ But whenever you enter a city and they don’t receive you, go into the streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you; however, know this. The Kingdom of God is near.’
I say to you it will be better for Sodom in that day than for this town.” Luke 10:4-12
When Jesus’ representatives entered these cities in Israel during this second thrust presenting God’s Kingdom, they weren’t like Republican or Democratic political operatives trying to drum up votes for their candidate. They were the advance persons for God’s Son. Soon He would arrive, and this was no time to reject or delay. It was time to open your heart to Him. Reject His gracious invitation and there would come a time when the gate would be locked. It would be too late.
LORD, move those reading this devo to think deeply about who came to these towns in the first century. Help them see that Jesus is not another avatar or Buddha or one of many spiritual guides that you can take or leave depending on your fancy. Face them with the reality that Jesus is Your Son, the One who decides whether or not we get to enter Your Kingdom and live with You forever. Move my friends reading this to welcome Jesus into their heart now.
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