More About the Disciples
The disciples weren’t blamed when a listener rejected the message. Just as we are called to share the Gospel and plant the seed, it’s up to the receiver of the message what he does with it. We do have to present it faithfully and carefully though.
Their message when Jesus sent them out was pretty much: the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. The new era prophesized by the prophets and longed for by the saints had begun. Jesus, the king, had now come to earth to call His subjects to Himself.
The people back then needed a loving Shepherd. They had plenty of false shepherds in the scribes and Pharisees. But, the scribes and Pharisees couldn’t bring them into relationship with the living God or forgive their sins.
The people were a harvest ready to be reaped. And Jesus needed people to do this.
People who walk closely with Jesus begin to see things the way He does. They see the need too and feel the call. The Harvest is still to this day in need of laborers! There are so many people getting false messages and being led astray.