After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples, and sent them, two by two, ahead of him, to every town and place, where he himself was to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest. Courage! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Set off without purse or bag or sandals; and do not stop at the homes of those you know.
Whatever house you enter, first bless them, saying, ‘Peace to this house!’ If a friend of peace lives there, the peace shall rest upon that person. But if not, the blessing will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves to be paid. Do not move from house to house.
When they welcome you to any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there, and say to them: ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.’
On-the-Job training is now part and parcel of the program before one is given a certificate of competency in his or her chosen field. It gives you a foretaste of the task you will handle in the future and the experience to handle most of the challenges that may crop up the job. Jesus did exactly that for His disciples. He sent them to have a feel of their future work ahead. And so meanwhile, since they were newcomers to the trade, sets of guidelines were given them. These would help them navigate the intricacies of doing God’s work among people. Jesus’ willingness to give them this chance showed how He trusted His group. This will probably play a great factor why most of them stayed even when He went up to heaven. He valued their persons and their contributions. In Jesus’ team, they had the space to grow and contribute their talents and capacities to make the mission successful.
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