[QTVOTD] A lot more than a great friend and teaching…

“He who receives and welcomes and accepts you [Disciples] receives and welcomes and accepts Me, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts Me receives and welcomes and accepts Him Who sent Me and whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:40&42 ->me: Oh it is so good to be back in God’s word. It has been a set of super crazy days but…that is no excuse, I simply chose sleep and time at work over my time with the Lord. Let me tell you – the trade off, for me, is not worth it. It seems ok and justifiable in the moment but when I finally sit back in front the word of God, I am reminded 1) of God’s grace and acceptance of me in His Son 2) His strength and comfort delivered in truth through His Holy Spirit. These verses today seem like a nice buttoned up ending to Matthew 10 but this impression that when I welcome disciples/followers Jesus and their teaching, I am welcoming Jesus, and through Jesus, the Father! Taking care of God’s own is a big deal! The reception afforded to Jesus’ disciples becomes the test of a person’s relationship to God. This is spelled out more fully in Matthew 25:31–46. We had the blessing of having a dear brother in Christ, visiting from out of town, (a Pastor of an inner city church in Orlando) over to our home for dinner this week. What a wonderful evening to get some of his time and I am so glad my wife and girls got to meet this wonderful man! Maybe, just maybe, we had the opportunity to welcome Jesus and One Who sent Him as well. 🙂

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