Reading: Luke 10: 16-20
In a way Naaman and the 72 are opposites. Naaman loads up the treasure to pay for his healing and heads off to find the man of God. The 72 go out with nothing, taking the word of God, empowered by Jesus, to give away healing and hope. In Naaman is healed, he may be drawn near to God. The 72 are going out to bring the kingdom of God near to all people. Even to those who reject the Prince of Peace, the disciples proclaim that He is near. Too many of today’s Christians and too many of our churches today are more like Naaman, seeking to get something from God instead of striving to offer God to others.
Earlier in Luke 10 Jesus stated the reason for sending out the 72: “the harvest is plentiful”. It is certainly plentiful today as well! The disciples trusted in Jesus’ power and stepped out boldly to heal the sick and to proclaim that the kingdom of God was drawing near. At first they must have been way outside their comfort zones. Naaman too must have wondered a time or two what in the world he was doing as well. But God rewarded their faithfulness. Both the 72 and Naaman experienced firsthand the simple power of God to bring healing and to know personally how impactful the kingdom is in their lives.
Jesus calls on us today in the same ways. Trust in Him and in His power to guide us. Rely on Jesus alone. Go forth and trust in the Lord of the Harvest. May we too boldly step outside of our comfort zones, trusting that God will lead. Through our simple faith, may we this day bring the kingdom of God near.