Matthew Lesson 11 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 11 Day 5

Matthew 10:32-42

14) Actions and attitudes in this passage

  • Stand up for Jesus against world opinion. (from the Message Bible)
  • Forget about yourself and look to Jesus. (from the Message Bible)
  • Put God first and prefer Him above family members.
  • “Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you.”
  • “Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me.”
  • “Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help.”
  • “Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger.” (Message Bible)
  • “The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice.” (Message Bible)

15) Commitment to Christ brings division.

I think Jesus was speaking here of the Jewish people. They witnessed the miracles firsthand. They had the opportunity to compare His life and actions to the details prophesied about the coming Messiah.

Yet the Pharisees and others rejected and crucified Him. Those who did follow Him were ultimately hated and rejected by their own families. That behavior continues to this day.

Many, if not most, Jews still reject Jesus as the Messiah. They no longer consider Christians to be a sect of Judaism.

Other religions consider believers in Jesus Christ to be infidels and their sworn enemies.

Also, those who truly put the Lord first above a family business, family activities, and family ideals are misunderstood and sometimes rejected by their families.

16) Taking up our cross

Luke 14:25-35

“Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people and kiss it goodbye, you can’t be my disciple.” Luke 14:33 MSG

 “We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” Matthew 10:40-42 MSG

“It’s best to start small” sounds more like a loving, compassionate God than a cruel, demanding taskmaster.

Reading some of these passages as a child jaded my perception. I tended to think God was looking at me with eyes of disappointment and shaking His head. When I read the Bible, all I saw was condemnation.

Thank God, for a revelation of His grace and mercy! Matthew 10:32-42 is all about our hearts. Jesus looks at our motives.

If we truly want to find ways to please Him, we need to look no further than small, simple things. Things such as helping an elderly neighbor or opening a door for someone with an arm-load of items; encouraging someone who is discouraged; or offering a tissue.

If we get our eyes off ourselves, we become a noticer.

17) Personal

My desire should be to bring glory to You, Lord. It is You who gives me the ability to do all things. You give me strength and send help when I need it, so I humbly ask for it.

Perhaps that goes back to sending laborers for the harvest. I never thought of praying for laborers to assist me when I step out in obedience. I only thought of asking for laborers to go to faraway places.

I think it means both.

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