“He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me. He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” –Matthew 10:40-42
The text above has come from the book of Matthew, in the tenth chapter where we can read the narration when the Lord has sent out his twelve disciples to evangelize and reach out to the people around them. It is quite a long chapter but toward the end verses, the Lord has spoken about the rewards of those who will receive them in faith.
Verses 40 to 42 emphasize three points that we can reflect on.
Welcoming and being welcomed
When we welcome God, we welcome one another and even strangers. All local churches have Outreach Ministry where the members try to reach out to people outside the church. They put into focus the needs of people in poverty, those who are sick and jobless. They welcome those people for the sake of Christ’s love. In turn, those people welcome them with gladness.
When we welcome the Lord’s disciples or the King’s ambassadors, we are welcoming God Himself in our lives. We are welcoming His peace and his love right into our homes.
Welcoming the King’s ambassadors does not mean offering a grand reception. The Lord says that even a glass of cold water that we give to a servant of God because he is God’s servant will certainly not lose a reward.
How can we be an ambassador for God? Listen with your heart to a person in need. Even if you could not give any financial assistance, the time that you give for the little ones will never go to waste. Exercise your faith and be faithful in little things.
We can be a blessing to others
Being ambassadors for the King, we are allowing ourselves to be channels of God’s blessing to people. Not everyone may accept us but we have to do our part in sharing the good news of salvation and bringing the love and peace of God to all who we can reach and touch.
Certainly, God will reward those who welcome His ambassadors for His glory’s sake according to His riches in glory through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Digested from a sermon by: Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church, June 26, 2011, Divine Worship Service
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