Do you consider yourself a glass-half-empty or half-full kind of person? I ask because today's reading, Luke 10:1-20, invited me to think about that possibility. It seems to me that many Christians are more optimistic about God's judgment than they are about people welcoming the Good News. The seventy are given specific instructions for how they are to enter a town. When they enter the town, they go to a home and say, "Peace." If the condition of peace is reciprocated, then consider this place to be ideal soil for the work of the Holy Spirit. Along with these instructions was a level of urgency. Jesus had set His face towards Jerusalem, so He knew His days were numbered. He did not believe He had the time to linger and argue with people. The people either accepted the work of the seventy, or they would suffer the consequences. Jesus provides a lengthy explanation of what would happen to these towns if peace were not displayed to the seventy by the townspeople. In addition to the seventy being provided specific instructions about determining the level of receptivity, engaging the ministry with a high level of urgency, they are also warned that they will be like lambs among wolves. In other words, there were a lot of factors stacked in favor of this mission being a complete failure. The seventy engage anyways. Why? Now comes the point I want you to reflect on this morning, "The seventy returned with joy saying, 'Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us.'" (Luke 10:17). Despite overwhelming odds, not only the townspeople, even the demons welcomed the proclamation that the kingdom of God was at hand. No judgment was necessary. All the towns these seventy visited received their ministry. The prayer of the seventy had been answered. Remember the prayer? "Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers." When was the last time you felt like a lamb amongst wolves? Did you believe that the wolves would become your allies, co-laborers? Did you pray that the wolves would have a welcoming spirit? Or did you pray that God's anger would be released upon those wolves? I sense that the seventy were more hopeful that the wolves would become co-laborers than becoming recipients of God's wrath. What do you sense in this story?