Our scripture this week is Matthew 10:40-42.

“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.”

This week’s passage is short, but it tells the disciples the main purpose of their ministry: “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me” (v. 40). Jesus says those who welcome the truth they share are accepting the relationship God offers through Him. This will be their first opportunity to proclaim as Christ has “the kingdom of God has come near”.

This is the same mission Jesus calls us to as well. We can have no higher purpose than to tell the world of God’s love. We may have other vocations but this message should be infused in all we do, and passed to all we meet.

How can you share the kingdom message today? God may not call you to preach on a street corner, but then again, he might! When we live as He intends, treating all our brothers and sisters with the love He sends, we fulfill the disciple mission.

Gracious God, we are glad to be part of Your work here on earth. Help us to be energetic messengers of Your kingdom. Amen.

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