Thursday, April 12, 2012

Even a cup of cold water makes a difference

What do you make of these words?
Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. Matthew 10: 40.

Main point of Matthew 10
Read Matthew 10 from start to finish. The theme centers on Jesus sending his followers into the world as evangelists but the world’s reaction to their ministry is mixed. Some welcomed them and listened, while others rejected and mistreated them (Matthew 10:16-24).

Who is rejecting whom?
However, there is a great blessing in store for those who receive God’s servants. In fact, Jesus presents an unbreakable link between the messenger, Jesus and God. To receive the ministry of His servant is equal to receiving Jesus and also receiving the One who sent Jesus.

I would imagine that the opposite is also true: to reject the messenger of Jesus is to reject Jesus and to reject God who sent Jesus. This is very scary stuff, but it makes sense. The messenger is like an ambassador who goes to a foreign country to represent the interests and wishes of his King. Should that ambassador be rejected, imprisoned and killed, the King who sent the ambassador would be outraged. This would be an offense against the King and his kingdom.

Be encouraged!
Jesus promises to reward anyone who welcomes his prophets, his righteous servants or even the least of his disciples. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, will by no means lose his reward! Matthew 10: 40-42

If you are called by Jesus to serve take comfort in his words. Some will accept you; embrace your message, your leadership and your teaching. But remember, some will do the opposite: they will reject you. But remember what Jesus says, it is not you they are rejecting; don’t take this rejection personally. They are really rejecting God and Jesus who sent you.

Be faithful in all the ways God has called you. You are working for the Lord and he will greatly reward you when your work is done!

I also think this is a word of encouragement to those of you who support and pray for Christian leaders. God has a special reward for you. As you pray, give, support, encourage and minister to God's servants your reward will be great. 

What do you think? Is this how you read this section?