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. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Luke 10:1-3

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. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Luke 10:1-3

The disciples that Jesus sends out in this text are not unique in that they do not have a masters degree in divinity, have super powers or some kind of status above other Christians. What equipped them was their knowledge of Jesus’ saving grace. We can learn from the 72 that we ought to be using our talents for the kingdom. I believe it’s important to know God at a deep level and then respond to His call of making disciples of others.

Jesus tells the 72 to pray for more labors using the analogy of harvesting. As the farmers would harvest their grain the 72 are to harvest people to work building Christ’s kingdom. The first step in building Christ’s kingdom is to tell others about the saving grace of Jesus. Then teach them about who Jesus is and how he calls them into building His kingdom. 

In verse 3 he gives them the imperative to go as lambs among the wolves. I know that is really exciting, right? For the 72 it was a dangerous mission because of the radical grace that Jesus ushered in. Many people in Christ’s day didn’t believe. Many people still do not believe!  Jesus is sending us out to tell of His saving grace. So as we “go out” to build a school, paint a house or visit children’s homes let us go with prayer trusting God to help others find Christ!