At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”
What often gets missed in Jesus sending out the 72 Disciples is the specificity of the Mission. Jesus doesn’t mix Words – even when He speaks in Parables. Carry, greet, enter, eat, drink, move, cure, say…these are just some of the Spiritual Verbs of the Mission that Jesus calls for. He was very descriptive of the Mission, but the Bible is not very descriptive of “who” these Disciples actually were. But, there lies the Point that Jesus was making. The Living Word “flexes” and moves throughout His-story, so that It speaks to us all – even today. We are part of the 72. We need to carry, greet, enter, eat, drink, move, cure, say… Jesus is calling us. Now, earthly wisdom will tell you that this is ancient text and, if everyone is being called by Jesus, then the number 72 doesn’t apply any longer. But, as Believers in Christ, we don’t “count” things the way that the world does. We are in this world for a time, but we are not “of” this world. We are Citizens of Heaven looking to go Home with Jesus one day. Math is different for us. Time is different for us, too – as 1 hour here is as 1,000 hours in Heaven. We’re Different. If you are not feeling “Different”, then you might be failing to see the Beautiful Uniqueness that God has created you to be. None of us – even identical twins – are the same. We’re all non-symmetrical, unique Images of Christ with “different, but similar” Missions. By focusing on Jesus and His Mission, we can start to “ride shotgun” in our lives while Jesus “takes the wheel”. But, in order to know who we are, we must first know who He is. When we know who He is, we can then start to focus on the Mission and sometimes move with the Spiritual Accuracy of a laser. And, remember, God doesn’t call us to be perfect in this world – He simply calls us to Grace.