Consider the nature of the people in the crowds around Jesus as He shared the parables in Luke 15.
- Publicans: social outcasts of their day, notoriously dishonest, gathered more taxes than Rome required
- Sinners: those who everyone knew had “missed the mark” regarding righteousness
- Pharisees: zealots who were outwardly religious, strived to impress others, condemned others, avoided even touching sinners
- Scribes: spent time copying scriptures, others accepted them as experts, their attitudes were similar to those of the Pharisees
Jesus sent out His 12 disciples to preach to their world. He equipped them and gave them the power and authority to cast out demons, make decisions, and be His representatives. Luke 9:6 says the 12 disciples “departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.” Interestingly, when they returned, Jesus “took them and went aside privately into a deserted place…” (Luke 9:10).
Do you sense that God is calling you to move forward in serving Him?
Will you gaze out the window or walk out the door?