Jesus gives me good news. As a disciple, if anyone welcomes me, they are welcoming Jesus and God. There is a rippling effect to accepting the messenger. There is an important principle here.
I should welcome the messengers of God. When I do, I get their blessing and reward.
“The one who welcomes you welcomes me, and the one who welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. Anyone who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. And anyone who welcomes a righteous person because he’s righteous will receive a righteous person’s reward. And whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward.” | Matthew 10:40-42 (Christian Standard Bible)
Here are some ideas to consider:
- We can be a blessing to others. Not everyone will reject our witness. There are those who will welcome us and receive a blessing. After all, we are the ambassadors of the King!
- Our King will see to it that they are rewarded for what they do. When people receive us, they welcome the King; for we are His representatives. Read 2 Samuel 10 for an example of what happens when people mistreat the envoys of the King.
- The blessing, however, is not automatic. It all depends on the attitude of the host. If he receives the ambassador as a prophet (a spokesman for God), then he gets one reward; if he receives him only as a righteous man, there is another reward. But even a cup of cold water, given with the right spirit, brings its own reward.
- Keep in mind that the theme of this section is discipleship, not sonship. We become the children of God through faith in the Messiah Jesus; we are disciples as we faithfully follow Him and obey His will. Sonship does not change, but discipleship does change as we walk with Jesus.
- There is a great need today for faithful disciples, believers who will learn from Jesus and live for Him. Jesus calls on us to follow Him and be disciples (learn from Him). That is our daily job.
- Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (Mt 10:1–42). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
- Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 40). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.