As Christ prepared his apostles for their ministries, he told them what they were to do (Matt. 10:5-15), what they were to expect (Matt. 10:16-23), and what the burdens of their calling would be like (Matt. 10:24-39).
Though Jesus had said they would find much more opposition than friends, he ended his discourse with good news.
He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me…whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in th ename of a disciple, he shall in no wise lose his reward. (Matthew 10:40-42)
In this passage, we learn three important principles:
- The disciple of Christ is a representative of Christ.
- The reception of a disciple is a reception of Christ.
- Despite our burdens, discipleship has great rewards.
If we are unable to serve others, what makes us worthy of the compassion Christ has shown us?