On Mission, part 7
Continuing to give his lessons of mission to the 72 short term missionaries, I think this is probably the most important.
Luke 10: 16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
CHRIST IN YOU
The apostle Paul would understand this and asked the Church, “Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Christ is in you Amen!
“He who listens to you listens to me”. So we can’t become proud. Not really. It is Jesus who is speaking through us.
“He who rejects you rejects me”. So we can’t feel a failure. Not really. It is Jesus who is being rejected.
And now for the incredible thing. As you share the gospel if they accept what you say then they accept God, if they don’t, they reject God. The severity of their decision to accept or reject is huge in that there isn’t anywhere else they can go other than God. How is it possible that your words hold such eternal consequence? Christ in you!
- In case you still may not have realised the brilliance of this lesson of Jesus then try this:
Whoever listens to (now insert your name) listens to Jesus; whoever rejects (insert your name) rejects me.
This is more than you being an agent of Jesus or his representative, “Jesus couldn’t come today so he has sent me”. It is so much more than that. When you speak, Jesus speaks. When they listen to you, they listen to Jesus.
(Galatians 2:20) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
(Colossians 1:27) To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
- In case you still may not have realised the brilliance of this lesson of Jesus then think on this:
Your responsibility to choose words to use.
(Proverbs 16:24) Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Choose your words carefully today. Slow your mouth down. Don’t type so fast on your social media feeds. What will flow from you today? Angst? Pessimism? Hate? When they listen, they listen to Jesus! Now that is a huge responsibility!
Christ in you!