What Jesus Did! 'The Urgency and Importance of God's Kingdom' — Luke 10:8-11

Thursday, June 29, 2023

[Jesus continued his instructions to the seventy-two disciples he was sending as missionaries:] "If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. Heal the sick, and tell them, 'The Kingdom of God is near you now.' But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 'We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this — the Kingdom of God is near!'"
— Luke 10:8-11 NLT

Key Thought

God's Kingdom had drawn near with the coming of Jesus. He sent his disciples to prepare the people's hearts. The announcement of the Kingdom was not only urgent; it was also eternally important. Jesus' instructions were given to help the disciples know that importance. In our time when so few accept any standards for truth or morality, it is easy for us to lose our sense of urgency and importance about the Kingdom of God. Let's be open to the strong language Jesus used, especially in the following verses, [1] to shake us from our lethargy and remember that accepting Jesus' truth about God's Kingdom is eternally important.

[1] Luke 10:12-16.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive my lethargy toward those whose lives are not yet yielded to the lordship of Jesus. Renew my passion to share your grace and to declare your Kingdom. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 9:1-5
  • Acts 13:48-52
  • John 12:48


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Illustration of Luke 10:8-11 NLT —  And know this — the Kingdom of God is near!

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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