Casey Reale

Countdown to Easter: Sent to the City

Casey Reale
Countdown to Easter: Sent to the City

SENT TO THE CITY

Easter 2018 is almost here! Can you believe it? People say ‘time flies when you’re having
fun’, and My City Church is having a crazy about of fun and the time flying by! This week Pastor
Jesse encouraged everyone with a message called “Sent to the City”. He challenged us embrace the call to do something we may not feel ready to do. He challenged us to accept that each of us have been sent to our city to give them the good news!


So, be honest. Have you ever been sent to do something, but you knew you weren’t quite ready to do it? How did that make you feel? Nervous? Uncertain? Challenged? Excited?

Well, God has a tendency to call us to do things before we feel completely ready. Case in point,
God has called us to take the good news of Jesus to the people close us, our city, our country,
and everywhere else, but how could we possibly be ready for it?


That last question may actually be the issue. “How could we possibly be ready?” Each of
us has our own version of this question, but it essentially comes down to; “I can’t tell other
people to be good and follow God, when I can’t even do it.”
And there’s the issue.
The challenge is one thing, but we are hearing, interpreting it to something else.
God is saying; “Tell people about what I have done!”
We are hearing; “Act right and go tell other people to act right.”
This is the actual message of God’s heart:


John 3:16 (NKJV)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His
Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be
saved.”


See, God didn’t send Jesus to die to just fix how they acted. Jesus was sent by God to
demonstrate the love of God toward people. Nothing would be accomplished if He simply
condemned people for how bad they were. God wants to bring people close to Him because He
LOVES them!
And.
He loves you too.
Seriously. His main thing is love. Nothing else. He loves you. He loves people. And He is
sending each and every one of us to out to tell people they are loved by God. The very point of
Jesus’ death on the cross was him taking on himself all of the punishment meant for you and
me. So instead of words of terror, intimidation, and anger, God speaks words of life over you.
He blesses you with character traits such as:
Strong. Hopeful. Loving.
Genuine. Joyful. Brave.


How does that feel? Amazing, right? Think about this, if God’s intent is to bless you this
way, what amazing things does He have for every person you meet. What if every person you knew and met could know God’s real heart and feel that amazing? What would you do to have
that happen for the people you care about?
Would you tell them?
Yup. That’s it. That is the point. People don’t experience what you just experienced
because either no one has told them or they have been told the wrong story. So, who will tell
them? And this brings us back to whether or not we feel ready. And God’s truth is you are, in
fact, ready when He sends you.
During Jesus’ time on Earth, there was a time he got pretty popular. Thousands of
people were following him, hoping to hear him speak, and begging for him to heal them. Jesus
was not simply looking to get popular though and he was not looking for a crowd to save the
day. Instead, he found a smaller group and chose to do something special:

Luke 10:1-2 (NKJV)
“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."


The first thing Jesus did here is he appointed people. Jesus found seventy people out of
all the thousands and appointed them to go ahead of him to give good news about Jesus. In
doing this, Jesus was intentional and direct, indicating just how important the mission was.
Jesus’ knew his mission was to reconnect people with God and his appointment of these
seventy was to do the very same thing. They were appointed to do something that was beyond
just how they felt about it. See, each of us doing what we are appointed to do affects more
than simply ourselves. It affects the people to whom you are sent and those who come after
you.
The second thing Jesus did was he sent those appointed people to “where He Himself
was about to go”. When we are working with God the sending is always designed to bring
breakthrough. Jesus sent people ahead of him to prepare areas for his arrival. The simple fact
here is where Jesus goes, things change. Lives are changed. People made whole. The truth
about God is revealed.
In his time on Earth, Jesus was not simply wandering around towns; he was on a mission
to show people the real heart of God. As part of his strategy, he appointed and sent people
with the same message ahead of where he was about to be. These people were not appointed
because they were willing.
That was their qualification.
Availability. Willingness.
It wasn’t about how they felt or their personality type, or anything about their
qualifications. They were simply followers of Jesus who accepted the appointment and moved
when they were sent. When they went, they found they had power and authority they had
never heard of before, and the Kingdom of God moved forward!
Today, we each have been placed in Omaha to bring the message that God so loved the
world. Our plan is to keep going and keep serving “until Jesus runs this town”. Feelings of
inadequacy of being sent are universal and are why we need God to appoint us and send us.

Additionally, it is why Jesus places others with us. Those feelings of insecurity often accompany
being sent, but knowing you and those close to you have been appoint and sent by God can
change the focus from self-attention to mission-attention.
It has been said for years “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called”.
This reversal of how we tend to operate will stretch you and that is rarely comfortable, but
what if we viewed this discomfort from the perspective of thankfulness for what God has done?
We are thankful to God and as a response we tell others about it.
This is real evangelism
This is what our city needs.
You are appointed.
You are sent.
Go give the love of God.

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