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Have you ever felt “sent”?

“After this, the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place where He Himself intended to go. (Luke 10:1)

As summer moves forward, and as we tend to take a more relaxed view of things-traveling and vacationing-I invite you to think about this Sunday’s Gospel: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. What is your “calling”? I know you have a job, a life’s work that you studied so hard for in your life in high school and post high school. But, what is your “calling”?

What is your spiritual vocation? How do you live out your daily work in light of God’s grace and peace?

It’s hard. Life doesn’t always appear to be filled with grace and peace. Life is hard. Just because you “follow Jesus,” doesn’t mean you are going to have it easy; on the contrary, following God’s calling can get you into more trouble than you ever thought was possible! It can push you further into places and situations that you usually wouldn’t want to go or ever thought you would be able to go!

Often, those kinds of situations in daily life can help us decipher the sense of being “sent.”

When you and I are “sent,” marvelous things seem to happen. When Jesus sent out the seventy, miracles took place. The seventy were amazed at what God could do through them.

Nothing has changed. Today is no different. As you are “sent,” realize that nothing is impossible with God in your life. That, too, is what it means to “be sent.”

I don’t necessarily expect miracles every day, but I do realize in my “sentness” that just having the gift of a new day is a miracle.

Give thanks. Praise God. And, on this Fourth of July weekend celebration, thank God for the life we have with this great nation. Americans are “sent” every day. Follow the call to be sent. God will show us the way! Just remember…

God loves you and so do we.

Pastor Jim

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