40He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives the One Who sent Me. 41He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will have a prophet’s reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. 42And whoever gives a drink of cold water to one of these little one because he is My disciple, I truly say to you, he will not lose his reward.” 11 1And when Jesus had finished giving these instructions to His twelve disciples, He left there to teach and preach in their cities.
As Jesus finished out the commissioning instructions to His disciples, He reminds them that they are not going in their own power or name. They are going on His behalf, and the people who receive or reject them will receive or reject Christ. The person who listens to them, feeds them, and accepts their words is accepting them in the name of Jesus. They are truly accepting Jesus. The person who doesn’t listen to them, couldn’t care less for them and rejects their words is doing these things to Jesus.
I see two applications for us here today: first, let us remember that all we do today, we do in the name of Christ. This isn’t a mere incantation—we represent Christ. He has sent us. When you teach and disciple others today, it is Christ Who is doing that through you by the power of the Holy Spirit. When you are conscious of this, you are less likely to behave selfishly. For this reason, I challenge you to be deliberate and intentional and conscious every hour of the day regarding Whom you represent.
Second, remember that you are not responsible for the results. When God sends people your way to disciple and they reject you, they are rejecting Him. Don’t forget this. You do not have the power to save souls. You do not have the power to lift others out of darkness. It is for you to reach out to them in the power of the Holy Spirit—and He is responsible for the results, not you.
Pride gets in the way of both of these challenges. Choosing to live in our own desires is caused by our own selfish desires, the chief of which is pride. And pride makes us think of ourselves as the Savior when we invest in someone. Kill pride today by reminding yourself that you are His emissary, not your own. The response to the message you’ve been given is a response to God, and God alone is responsible for the results.