The impact of the 72

February 7th, 2009

In Luke chapter 10 Jesus sent out 72 of His followers in to the harvest field. His instruction was to go out in pairs and to preach God’s Kingdom and heal the sick wherever people accepted them (Luke 10:1-12).

When they returned, the followers where excited about the impact they made. They were most excited that they had been able to caste out demons from people in Jesus’ name (v17). Jesus’ response in verse 18 in very interesting. He says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”. By this Jesus was saying that Satan’s power and kingdom was being toppled.

I believe this is what happens when we as Christians take up our cross and really follow Jesus. When we stand up and do the work that Jesus has called us to do, we increase and advance God’s Kingdom and we reduce and decrease Satan’s impact.

What exciting things will you be doing in the next few weeks that will bring God’s Kingdom to others and reduce the effectiveness of Satan’s? It doesn’t matter if it is big or small in our eyes. The most important thing is we are doing God’s work and increasing His Kingdom.