“Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.” Luke 14:33 MSG
14. “We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” Matthew 10:40-42 MSG
I keep going back to the Message Bible Version for these passages. It is much easier for me to grasp. “It’s best to start small” sounds more like a loving, compassionate God than a cruel, demanding task master.
Reading some of these passages as a child jaded my perception. I tended to think God was looking at me with eyes of disappointment and shaking His head. When I read the Bible, all I saw was condemnation.
Thank God, for a revelation of His grace and mercy! Matthew 10:32-42 is all about our heart. Jesus looks at our motives.
If we truly want to find ways to please Him, we need look no further than small, simple things. Things such as helping an elderly neighbor or opening a door for someone with an arm-load of items; encouraging someone who is discouraged; offering a tissue.
If we get our eyes off ourselves, we become a noticer.
I’m encouraged by that.