Luke 10:1-16: But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.” I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
This morning, in an outside service, I saw (and heard) a cement truck passing by on the road. When I see those trucks, I have a bit of envy, for the person who pours concrete for a living can clearly see what the day's work. As a “paid Christian,” I don’t have that luxury.
When Jesus sent his disciples out to heal and to preach the Gospel, he warned them to remain detached from measuring results. He told them, “But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you.’” Plenty of other people would be willing, even anxious, to hear the word of peace, so he told his followers not to agonize over indifference or even rejection.
For all Christians—not only the clergy—it can be difficult to let go of results. How do I know I’m doing God’s work well if I cannot measure, or if I move on before seeing a change? I can't know; I can only be faithful in doing what God calls me to do.
Unfortunately, the work of a Christian often produces little in the way of concrete results.
Psalms 26, 28; Sirach 6:5-17, Revelation 7: 9-17
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