“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
I wonder what Jesus saw on his disciples faces as he spoke to them about being persecuted and rejected as they traveled on this mission that he was sending them on. Perhaps these few sentences were his way of assuring them that they were being sent out as ambassadors of the kingdom of God and as such their mission was both prophetic and righteous. I think that his words are ones to remember as the scripture tells us that we are ambassadors for Christ.. we are those who carry his kingdom message.
Jesus also speaks to those who react to the message that his disciples will proclaim. He says that they will be rewarded commensurate with the disciple's reward. This speaks to me about how important it is to share the message with others. Telling people that ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ may cost us a bit when people reject that message but the cost is pretty negligible when we consider that this prophetic and righteous message comes with a reward.. and this reward is both temporal and eternal.
Open my eyes Lord. Help me to see those who thirst for the message of the kingdom.