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Be a Blessing to Others

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Introduction

We’ve been working through a series of sermons based on , the Missionary Discourse. These were the characteristics that we identified: The Marks of a Faithful Disciple
Suffer for Christ -
Proclaim the Truth -
Fear Only God -
Trust in God -
Walk the Talk -
Deny Themselves -
Carry the Cross -
Bless Others -
Today we will be finishing up this series on discipleship. Just in time for Easter. Can you believe that Easter is already here? Today we are studying verses 40-42, Bless Others.
Matthew 10:40–42 NASB95
40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41 “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 “And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”
[pray]
Father God, we welcome You into our presence. We receive Your Son and praise His name above all other names. We lift the precious name of Jesus above all others. God we give our thanks for His sacrifice on our behalf. God we ask forgiveness for the times that we have rejected Your disciple, Your prophet, Your holy and righteous man. Lord please reveal to us how we might welcome the name of Jesus and give us the strength to act upon it. Father I ask that you would give me clarity of mind and precision of speech as I teach Your word to Your people today.

Understanding the Text

Matthew 10:40–42 NASB95
40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41 “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 “And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”
Matthew 10:40 NASB95
40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
This word “receives” in the NASB is δέχομαι (Gr. dechomai) in the Greek, meaning “to welcome a person into one’s presence.”
This word “receives” in the NASB is δέχομαι (Gr. dechomai) in the Greek, meaning “to welcome a person into one’s presence.”
This word “receives” in the NASB is δέχομαι (Gr. dechomai) in the Greek, meaning “to welcome a person into one’s presence.”
So this basically Jesus saying to the disciples “Anyone who welcomes you, welcomes Me and My Father God.”
We have to recall that Jesus is preparing these disciples to go out into a hostile environment and may meet those who are hesitant to be associated with them, with Jesus, or with the Gospel. Welcoming the disciples in for even a meal may bring about negative consequences for the host. But those who are willing to withstand hostility would willingly welcome the disciples.
Essentially this passage is talking about those who are open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus here in this passage is binding himself with certain groups of people:
Jesus here in this passage is binding himself with certain groups of people:
His Disciples
The Prophets (those Old Testament heroes who speak God’s message)
Those Who are Righteous (those who do the right thing in God’s eyes)
He’s saying that the way that you treat these is telling of the way that you treat Him.
“Even the lowliest of these,” he says are worthy of blessing. Those who bless even the lowliest disciple, the lowliest prophet with even the smallest gift are worthy of the blessing of the Lord.

I. Welcoming the Gospel -

Verses 40-41 is basically saying in different ways the same thing…
We have to recall that Jesus is preparing these disciples to go out into a hostile environment and may meet those who are hesitant to be associated with them, with Jesus, or with the Gospel. Welcoming the disciples in for even a meal may bring about a negative result for the host.
Essentially this is talking about being open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Verses 40-41 is basically saying in different ways the same thing…
The New American Commentary: Matthew 1. Opposition Predicted for the Disciples’ Mission (9:36–10:42)

those who receive his followers, because they accept what those individuals stand for, will in turn be received by God.

This is a strong theme in Jesus’ teaching. We see it again and again.
- For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Jesus Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.
- The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me
- He who receives whomever I send receives Me
- to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to me.
This is more than just hospitality, the welcoming of someone into your home and caring for their immediate needs. This is talking about caring for those who carry out the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. This is taking their burdens as your burdens, loving and caring for them, supporting them and encouraging them in their Gospel work.
The phrase here, translated “these little ones” is an awkward translation. The Greek word is μικρός (Gr. mikros), where we get our word micron, though in this case it is actually referring to people who are in a lowly state—people who might seem insignificant or unimportant.
This phrasing is often confused with service to the widow, orphan, and refugee. Aiding those groups of disadvantaged people IS important and that work is close to God’s heart. But in many of these instances Jesus is talking about caring for His disciples. Caring for the disciple, the prophet, and the righteous man is being welcoming to the Gospel, especially so when one goes the extra mile for the one who is in dire need. It is in these situations that helping is considered just as if we were helping Jesus Christ, Himself.
This kind of service (or lack thereof) is connected to a system of eternal rewards and punishments. Those who show good hospitality and welcome the Gospel warmly can expect eternal rewards. This especially includes extending charity to our Christian brothers and sisters who live in difficult situations.

II. Being United with Christ -

There is also a strong connection with the idea that “we are in Christ” and “Christ is in us.”
Galatians 2:20 NASB95
20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
When we render aid to those who follow Christ, Jesus Himself says it is just as though we are rendering aid to Christ. There is a mystical union that we share with Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are united with Christ the moment that we are saved by faith in Christ. We immediately gain Christ in us and we are put in Christ and begin to share with Him in His death, resurrection, and reign in the kingdom of God.
We can see this explained most fully in Jesus’ words as recorded in ...
A. Welcoming the Disciples
B. Welcoming the Prophets
C. Welcoming the Righteous Man
What is a Prophet
What is the Prophet’s Reward
B. The Righteous Person
What is a Righteous Person
What’s is the Righteous Person’s Reward
John 15:1–17 NASB95
1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 “You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 “This I command you, that you love one another.
II. Blessing Others in the Name of a Disciple

III. Christ Pouring Out of Us -

As we grow in Christ and Christ grows in us, we begin to practice more eagerly this “welcoming of the Gospel” by pouring out the characteristics of Christ that are within us.
We actually fill ourselves with Christ as we become more and more like him and begin to pour Christ out on others as we seek to give them the love, and joy, and encouragement of Christ.
We all know and recognize the Fruit of the Spirit...
Galatians 5:22–23 NASB95
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
We can know and recognize those who have Christ in them by observing these fruits in their lives. These are the characteristics that the Holy Spirit puts into us as we become more like Christ. And these are the same things that we can see pouring out of our lives on others as we begin to treat them like Christ would have us treat them.
And here’s the warning...
If you lack these characteristics in our life, then you need to begin to examine why they are missing. Because something is very wrong. It’s certainly expected to find one or two out of balance from time to time, but we must seek to put things back in balance in our lives.
If we are impatient or lack self-control, it is helpful to understand why. If we are not kind or gentle, then perhaps there is something off within us.
Sometimes we can have something off physically wrong that needs to be treated by a physician. It could be hormonal or some mental condition that needs to be checked by a doctor. It could be something emotional that could be addressed with counseling. OR it could be something spiritual. It could be that there is a void of the Spirit in our lives.
But other times it could be that there is a void of the Spirit in our lives.
This can happen at times when we are out of sync with Spirit or when we are living in active sin.
It could also be that we are not actually recognized by Christ as being one of His.

How can you be a blessing to others?

Pray for them
Pray for them
Listen to them
Encourage them
Listen to them
Give them what they need
Serve them
Encourage them
Give them what they need
Serve them
I can think of many ways that members of this church bless others around them. I know of one man who encourages me almost every single time I have a conversation with him.
I know that many of you pray for your pastor. I likely couldn’t accomplish half of what I do if I didn’t have so many of you praying for me daily.
I know of some of you that volunteer and serve regularly to accomplish the work of this church.

Conclusion

Let me ask you this, Are you a blessing to others? Do you bless others in the name of Jesus Christ?
Of course you must have Jesus within you to have Jesus flow out of you. If you have examined yourself for the Fruit of the Spirit and find that something is out of sorts, I want to pray for you. Is it your joy that has lost its luster or is it peace that you need in your life?
Is it that you need to repent of your sin and restore His Spirit within you? Or is it that you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life?
I’m going to be here at the front as we sing in a moment, I would invite you to come if you need prayer or if you need Jesus.
You may also come if you need to follow Jesus Christ in baptism or you’d like to unite with this church.
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