HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
The thing that strikes me about this short passage is the attachment and closeness Jesus feels between Himself and His disciples. He is not a Lord who is detached from those who serve Him. He cares for us, is watching over us, and is well aware of our labors and of the response of others to our work. In our lives as Christians, we are not just servants, but ambassadors and representatives. As we work and serve in the name of Christ, we represent His hands and feet and light. Therefore, Jesus says, if anyone receives us, they receive Him. And conversely, if anyone rejects us, they reject Him. Those who do good to us have a reward from our Lord. This passage reminds us of the great responsibility that we have been given to be ambassadors for Christ in the world, but it also reminds us that, as we go into the world to serve Him, we are not alone. The Lord is always with us.
Why does Jesus demand to be the greatest priority in our lives?
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