Luke 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
I find this verse interesting because so many times in the gospels we hear Jesus tell people to follow him. Here he sends them out “ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.” Certainly we are to follow Jesus, to hear his teaching, to respond to his grace which he initiates and to which we can add nothing. But God is always getting ready to do something in the world, in the places we walk through daily, in our homes or offices or churches, and sometimes we are in a position to set things up. He uses the image of the farmer and the harvest just a little after this verse. We may be plowing a field, to use this analogy, into which God may plant and raise a crop. Following is a little more secure because we at least see a pattern or image to fit into. When we go out ahead we have to look for the direction ourselves and trust that God will be coming behind us in his own time and way. It takes a different faith perspective than following, but it is every bit as vital and important. Do you think God might be sending you ahead of him this week? Where and in what way?