‘And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.’ (Matthew 10:14)
“Hello there, we’re from New Life Baptist Church…
We’d just like to give you a little gift, a card and some chocolate eggs, to wish you a happy easter”
“You mean, for free? You’re not collecting for anyone?”
“Nope, it’s a gift from us to you, have a nice evening!”
It’s amazing to see the expression on someones face when they realise they have been blessed, without anything being required of them.
Of course, some didn’t want to know. When they heard the word ‘church’ their nostrils flared with quiet rage before they said, sharply:
“No, thank you”
Yet to those who would refuse a free gift, Jesus told his followers to simply walk away. If they would not receive his message, then they would be subject to judgement on the day of his return.
‘And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ (Mark 6:11)
I wonder, though, if it was us being rejected for representing Christ. Or if we were rejected for representing the Church. These two things, theoretically, are intimately linked. However in this place I have noticed that sometimes Church gets in the way of Jesus.
At the very end, who will it be who has truly rejected the message of the free gift of salvation? Is it church? is it this town?
I suppose I am not here to know all the answers. I am here to be faithful and obedient.