I am sitting on the balcony at my hotel room in Jerusalem having my morning quiet time. It is quite surreal to be overlooking Jerusalem whilst reading my Bible and reflecting on what it means to follow Christ. During my time this morning, I reflected on yet another aspect of followership, namely, that of being a sent one.
In Luke 10 Jesus is said to have “appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.” Why did he do that? In part it can be rightly said that he did that because he could not be in all places at all times and he had a very important message to get out: the Kingdom of God has come near. Today, we too, as Christ-followers are sent ones. This is something that has become so real for me on this trip, especially as I’ve had conversation with fellow travellers.
In our current group we have people from all walks of life and all at different places in their spiritual journey. Some embrace Jesus Christ as their saviour; some don’t have any understanding (although they are currently learning) about who this Jesus is. Throughout our time together I have had conversations with those searching (So thankful I have attended a Bible college as it prepared me for this trip, but that’s a story for another day!) and conversations with those who long to go deeper. The point: we are sent ones with a message no matter where we are in the world. To follow Christ is to be sent with a message.
So wherever you are today, be curious about who Jesus is sending you to. “Sentship” (poor grammar, I know) has two parts: an awareness that Christ sends and an understanding of the message we are sent with. That message can come in various forms and various ways, that is for you to discern.
Blessings sent one.
Behind me is Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Carmen, through teaching, speaking, pastoring, blogging, and podcasting, invests in others so they can lead and live better. She is the founder of LEAD Women Ministries, ordained with the PAOC, an Associate Pastor at Westside Pentecostal Church, holds an MA in Leadership & Management, and she can often be found collaborating with other leaders or organizations on projects where there are outcomes to grow people’s confidence, competence, and character.