“After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ “ (Luke 10:1-11)
Some rules for the road when you are traveling for God.
- Know that there could be danger at any turn. But do not arm yourself. Go out trusting that all will be well.
- Do not burden yourself down with possessions or baggage of any kind – neither literal or figurative. Do not let yourself be dissuaded by the people you meet along the way.
- Bless the household you stay it and the people who live there. Do not jump from house to house hoping to find better accommodations.
- Accept the food and hospitality that is presented to you. Do what you can to help those where you are staying. And remember the message you are bringing to them.
- If you and the message you are sent out with are not welcomed, leave. And let the people know what they have missed out on.
These are not rules that apply to modern day missionaries. Missionaries come with their own provisions so they are not a burden on the people they are ministering to. Jesus did not send the seventy to dwell with them, however, so it is understandable that modern day missionaries come prepared to meet their own needs. But everything else pretty much translates from then to now.
“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Verse 16)
The last item, letting the people know what they have missed out on is not practiced in a strong way I imagine. But then modern missionaries tend to NOT give up with the going is rough. But it is true, that those who reject the gospel/salvation part of mission trips have rejected not only the missionary but the Lord who has sent them.
“The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Verses 17 to 20)
If you hear missionaries talk about their trips and times in mission, you will hear them tell how grateful and honored they were to be sent. The hard times and harsh conditions (usually) do not phase them or dissuade them. And they rejoice in what the Lord has done. Now, where is the Lord calling you to?