What Jesus Did! 'Accepting Jesus' — Matthew 10:40-41

Friday, May 12, 2017

"The person that accepts you also accepts me. And the person that accepts me also accepts the One (God) that sent me. Any person that meets a prophet and accepts him will get the same reward a prophet gets. And any person that accepts a good man because that man is good will get the same reward a good man gets."
— Matthew 10:40-41 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 10:40-41 NLT — "The person that accepts you also accepts me."

Key Thought

While the previous verses have been about the disciples' willingness to stand with Jesus for Jesus and to proclaim Jesus no matter the hostile odds, these next few verses reassure us of Jesus' presence and concern about what happens to us. For people to reject us, with our message of salvation, we must realize they are not rejecting us, but Jesus. Through his people and through the Word of the Bible, Jesus reveals himself. But Jesus goes a step further; he promises that those who welcome Gospel messengers will receive rich rewards.

Today's Prayer

Loving God, please help me realize and remember that when I share Christ with others, I bring them your blessing and your salvation through Jesus. Increase my boldness to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus in a way that is both truthful and challenging. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 18:5
  • John 12:44-46
  • John 13:20

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.