Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

EQUIP FOR THE TRIP

             Equip for the trip

                                June 14, 2015

 

Luke 10:1-12

 

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. (Luke 10:1-12 NKJV)

 

Here in Luke 10, Jesus has amassed a small army of empowered believers and released them into the world to watch the power of God First hand. Remember now that this is during Jesus’ physical presence upon the earth and the Holy Spirit is yet to come. He tells them not to pack for the trip in the physical, but to trust in His equipping that they might better understand the source of power that these disciples will demonstrate on the streets.

His instructions before their departure would terrify most of us. He tells them not to carry the most common of necessities, but to trust the empowerment of the anointed one and His anointing. Today, great evangelical outreaches comprise of state of the art technology. They involve multiplied millions of dollars of electronic media promotion, Hard assets such as staging, lighting, massive sound systems, and mobile office support. Further, it is carried by fleets of trucks, jet aircraft and in some cases ships.

To leave headquarters with just the basics would, by today’s standards would not only be considered insane, it would be deemed irresponsible.

Yet here we are, Jesus deputizing seventy individuals to carry the most precious cargo to ever be delivered to the world, that being the very salvation of mankind. Today, I want to impart an encouraging word to you that you have been enabled. You have been equipped. You have been given a priceless commodity to share that cannot be made dependent upon luxury to see its implementation. As the days of Noah continue to re-evolve upon the earth...the word Equipping is again taking on a new persona.

 

Travel Light

 

Matthew 11:25-30

 

At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:25-30 NKJV)

 

The burdening of the world has become confused with a burden for the world. We have made ourselves to think that we need more to get through this life than what is actually real. The disciples were instructed to travel light for a reason. That reason applies to us in this generation as well. If we become too attached to the trappings of this life, it will affect the urgency, the relevancy, and the core values of this Gospel we share. When your ministry in this life becomes predicated by a worldly load,  it, at the same time becomes compromised and challenged by irrelevant factors.

Jesus sent the original seventy out to prove a point...that the arm of the flesh was no match for His power. That seventy people returned amazed and giddy, reporting to him that demons dropped and writhed in torment at the mention of His name. His reply was that He has seen Satan fall like lightning....He knew well that power. But still, his reminding was that the greater miracle was that their names were written in the Lamb’s book of Life. This is the only place in recorded History where we read of Jesus dancing for joy!

We must travel light. We must not become ensnared in this world to the point where we cannot shake it loose for the sake of the Gospel. These 80, 90, or 100 years are nothing compared to eternity.

 

Travel Smart

 

Matthew 25:6-10

 

“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘ No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. (Matthew 25:6-10 NKJV)

 

The story of the wise and foolish virgins will remain as one of my favorites in the Bible as the hallmark example of faithfulness in discipleship. This life we walk as Christians is not simply separated into those who follow the ministry and those who choose secular life. We are all held to the same accountability where our walks with Jesus are concerned. The call to the ministry is a life’s vocation. Heeding the call of the cross is as simple as knowing and understanding the greatness of God’s love for us. It is a simple concept. It is not hard...it only requires responsibility.

The foolish virgins are clearly categorized in the group that says, “I have other things to do...call me when it gets interesting at church.” The wise virgins are the ones who see the oil dripping from the walls of worship and stand there with jars collecting it for dark day.

When it comes to this voyage through life, perspective is everything. The things of this world that seem so important and “can’t do without” right now will seem to be wasted hours when your life is on the line. 

 

Travel Empowered 

 

Acts 3:1-8

 

Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. (Acts 3:1-8 NKJV)

 

Up until Hurricane Katrina, I always kept a hurricane box. It seems silly now, but it contained things like candles, and flashlights, and extra batteries, a transistor radio and rain ponchos...you get the idea. I remember returning from evacuation to the utter devastation my eyes beheld after that 100 year storm and I looked at my hurricane box and broke down into tears. There was nothing in that box that could even begin to fix what our lives now had to deal with. I did not have the batteries for the three months of no electricity. I could no use my radio for there were no radio stations left on the air. There was not a candle in that box that could deal with the utter darkness we were about to walk through.

We cannot walk through this life simply prepared...we must take each step of our trek empowered. Jesus, in Luke 10, did not send out the disciples, each with a brand new Schofield Seminary level bible. He did not give them each a 53 foot semi loaded with staging and sound equipment. He did not give each of them a diploma of doctorate level studies. He did not give them ANY physical thing. In fact, he told them not to take anything they physically owned. He wanted them to know that this was not them doing the work. He wanted them to know that their power was useless against the wolves they would come up against. He wanted them to trust not their personal assets...but to look beyond themselves and see the empowerment they walked in that rested in the bosom of Jesus.

 

Light....Smart...Empowered....it is all we need in our hurricane box.

 

 

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