Jesus did not stop with having only 12 apostles. He had many more people that he called into ministry.

Luke 10:
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 

There is no greater motivation than knowing that you are responding to God’s request. If you are waiting for a voice from the sky, will you settle for the words on a page? The mission of God is for all of us to follow Jesus into the world as proclaimers and servants.

We see a pattern here when Jesus sends people in pairs. Do you think it makes a difference when you work alone or in a team? Most of the heroes of the Bible made big mistakes and sometimes failed. But, the ones who went in pairs often recovered and returned to mission. The loners sometimes ended tragically and alone.

Moses had Aaron. Joshua had Caleb. Elijah had Elisha. Paul had Barnabas and later Silas.

When you have a shared mission, there is someone to watch your back, hold you accountable and add strength where you may be weak. A partner reminds you that you are on a mission from God.

Jonah, Samson, Cain and Judas Iscariot were alone and their stories are not happy ones.

There is this idea from God that a harvest is ready. There are people who not only need God’s intervention and hope in their life, they need someone to come and tell them about it. There are a surprisingly low number of people who are willing to work at this, though. This is something that you should all pray about. God, who will work for you? Who can you send? Please pray about that.