“If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them.”
These are the profound words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as spoken in several scriptures in the Bible. The reading is found Luke 9:5, Mathew 10:14 and Mark 6:11.
This is the time Christ Jesus called together and sent out his twelve disciples. It is here, in verse 1 of Luke chapter 9, for an example, when the Bible says Christ gave them the “power and the authority to drive our demons and to cure diseases.”
So they were being sent on a mission to preach the true Gospel of Christ Jesus and heal the sick. Though they had the power to impart all that is good to all those they met, it was not all who would accept that. That is what Christ was showing them. That the good news go to only those who welcome them, and that there would always be those who do not accept, and in fact can be violently rejecting all that is of good.
Now, as in ancient Jewish times, if a Jew had visited an ‘unholy’ place, when they return to their land, they would dust off the soil from the foreign land so they would not soil the ‘clean’ soil of the Holly land.
So, the issue is here, preach the good news, save souls and heal brokenness in body, soul and spirit to all that you come across. That is the great commission that Christ sent his disciples on. And it is still the great commission all the believers are sent on.
However, He warns, on your blessed journey, you may, and would be rejected. But don’t despair. For the Gospel, though free and good to all, it is not forced. It is received at will. Believing and accepting the Gospel is a choice.
So, when you are rejected, despised, ridiculed, spoken ill of or even threatened, move on. And as you do, “shake the dust off…”
Shoo! I have heard this scripture many times of recent, and have been asking for guidance on the matter. In fact before I sat down to share these thoughts, I casually mentioned to a colleague that I am left with only five columns to write in The Voice, then, I don’t know!
Maybe, just maybe, it is time to take the message to others. Maybe, and just maybe, God is telling me something by giving me this message over and over. And maybe by finally sharing it, I am being readied to do what I was long told to do.
And like I say, I don’t know. My Father does. In the meantime, I am assured me that they will be those who will listen and take heed of His Word, just as Christ Jesus assured the twelve disciples.
“I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”
So at this moment, my prayer is that these Words, as spoken in John 13v20, Mathew 10:40, Mark 9:37 and Luke 9:48 will ring true wherever this message reaches, so God’s blessings can spread like felt fire in my nation and the world over.