Let’s Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

Author: David Montague | MTR President

David Montague shared this email with the MTR family last week. We hope that you will find encouragement in it.


Happy entrée into 2017. I hope you all had a wonderful and restful holiday season.

I’m sure you will start the day with mixed emotions… both excitement and joy to be with your students and co-workers, yet a sense of sadness and anxiety over the end of a long break and the work ahead. All are normal.

A short word of encouragement…

Your work is important and valuable and worth all your efforts and emotions. Here are a few reasons why (from Luke 10, see below).

The Lord appoints you and sends you.
The sovereign Lord appoints and sends His people for His purposes. Therefore, what you are doing is of immense significance.

The Lord is coming back.
One day, the Lord will return in glory to rule His creation. We go now to prepare a place (of peace and dignity) for His return.

There is much to do.
The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few. It’s supply and demand…

Your good work has spiritual, and not just practical, effect.
Somehow, it appears, that your work – as His sent ones – does battle not just with achievement gap but with demons and principalities.

And, your relationship with Christ is more important than even the work that you do in His name. “Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” So let’s keep the main thing the main thing…

God bless you all for all you do.


Luke 10:1-9, 17-20

The Mission of the Seventy

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ …

The Return of the Seventy

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”