Matthew 10.40-42

Good News Translation (GNT)

40 "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me;
   and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
41 Whoever welcomes God's messenger because he is God's messenger,
   will share in his reward.
   And whoever welcomes a good man because he is good,
   will share in his reward.
42 You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water
   to one of the least of these my followers because he is my follower,
   will certainly receive a reward."

Taken from 'word-on-the-web' supplied by Scripture Union

Matthew described how Jesus sent his closest disciples
on a mission to share his good news.
Before they went, he gave them a training course,
and our verses today come at the very end of his instructions.
They are simple words of encouragement, both for those twelve
and for all the people who will accept their message.
They also contain a vital truth about who Jesus is.

A convincing piece of evidence of Jesus' divinity is his self-perception,
revealed in statements like Matthew 10:40,
in which he claims that he and God are one and the same.

He tells the disciples that if anyone accepts them, his messengers,
then that counts just as if they'd met Jesus himself and accepted him.
But he also says that when we accept him it actually means we're accepting God himself,

"the One who sent him".

We can't all be one of Jesus' twelve disciples.
Most of us won't become famous church leaders or teachers,
or even "just" a local minister or youth worker.

But when we accept the message from Jesus' messengers,
and support them in practical ways, like making the tea,
or passing on a leaflet about a church event or word-on-the-web,
that counts just the same as welcoming and supporting Jesus himself.

Jesus calls me and you to give 100% in the particular tasks which are ours to do.
But when it comes to handing out rewards, God counts the unseen,
"little" contributions as just as important as the ones
that make the headlines or the history books.

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