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Matthew 10:34-42, Welcome Wagon

Key Verse

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
— Matthew 10:40

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, September 7, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

This is part of a really tough passage. In it, Jesus warns us that following him is going to prove divisive in our lives. We’re called to go against the established order, the ingrained culture, and it’s going to ruffle feathers.

I don’t love conflict, and I grew up quite the adept people-pleaser. I am learning as I get older that this isn’t helpful to anyone, least of all those of my neighbors who suffer oppression, which is a lot of them. If I’m going to serve and follow Jesus and work for justice, I’m going to have to be willing to be uncomfortable, and even disliked.

There are words of encouragement here. Words of welcome. There is a community for us, a community of those who welcome one another, and by doing so welcome Jesus to be among us, leading us in love and hope into the work of justice in the world.

Lord Christ, may I always welcome others in your name. Amen.

 

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