Mark 16:20 has been referred to often in these blogs; “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs” (Mark 16:20). This is the assurance we should have as we carry our mission work in any form.
As I was preparing some notes on Luke 10:1-24, something came to my attention I had not seen before. “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to go” (Luke 10:1). Did you notice that Jesus was very intentional about where He sent the “seventy-two?” He did not allow them to go to a place of their choosing, or just anywhere. The place they were sent to were places where Jesus “was about to go.”
In the same way that John the Baptist “Prepared the way of the Lord” (3:4), so we are to go to places where we know the Lord is going to work. He brings the real results (see 1 Corinthians 3:6). What would happen, or should I say, what does happen when we make our own choices of where we spread the gospel and later find there was no fruit from our labors?
If we walk in closeness with the Lord in such a way that we know the direction He wants to go, we can be assured He will come behind us and make our work fruitful. This requires being alone with Him; discovering His heart and learning the principles on which he operates through His Word. Seeking His path for us will always be in alignment with His Word. Otherwise, we will use our human understanding to accomplish God’s work. That never bears “much fruit.” Be a fruit-bearer by working where Jesus wants us to go.
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