“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”
– Jesus (Matthew 10:40)
In our world, there is a lot of bad.
For about a decade, I worked with NGOs, helping to move humanitarian aid cargo all over the world. Do you know the number one problem in getting food or clothes or medicine to its destination?
It wasn’t infrastructure. And it wasn’t cost or logistics.
It was people.
Things have gone wrong…and, unfortunately, we were the ones who did it.
And so this invitation of Jesus becomes all the more powerful: “Whoever receives…”
That whoever includes murderers, rapists, and all sorts of bad people. If they choose to submit to Jesus’ way, they are the whoever.
But the whoever also includes us–who are, after all, not that different.