Acceptance or Rejection
Published by Terri Smith on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:58am
By: Bill Dalgetty
He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects the one who sent me.
Jesus was sending out the 72 to every town and place where he was about to go so that they could proclaim that the kingdom of God was near. He gave them explicit instructions that they were to take nothing with them, to stay with one host instead of many, and to heal their sick.
Only after they had established relationships and met the needs of the people were they to proclaim that the kingdom of God was at hand. Then, to emphasize how much their efforts were aligned with himself and the Father, Jesus says that whoever rejects them rejects him and the one who sent him.
The living God who became one of us through his son is declaring that he is so much a part of our actions when we establish relationships, serve people’s needs and witness to the kingdom of God, that whoever listens to us listens to him and whoever rejects us rejects him.
We are to be Christ to the people and circumstances of our lives and workplaces. That was God’s intention when he became one of us through Jesus; when he showed us how to live by his example and enabled us by his Spirit to give residence to his presence and action in our lives. Christ is in us. He who accepts or rejects us accepts or rejects Christ. While this may sound a bit heavy for us to accept, that is what Jesus said to the 72. That is what he says to us, their successors.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Are we aware of the significance of our relationships, service, and words to others and theirs to us - acceptance or rejection of Jesus and the one who sent him?