Jesus has already shown us that many will turn against us and reject us because we are believers.
Now, in concluding His instructions to His disciples ahead of their ministry, He tells them about what will happen to those who do receive them.
- There is a principle of representation in all our dealings with our brothers and sisters in Christ. To the extent that we minister to them because of who they are, we minister to Christ and therefore also to the Father. Likewise, to the extent we will not receive them and minister to them, we are refusing to receive Christ and also refusing to receive God.
- That there are rewards involved in ministering to our brothers and sisters. If we minister to them because they are the Lord’s, then not only will their needs be met but we will receive a reward from God in proportion to the situation of the one we have helped.
- That there are degrees of reward in Heaven. We see how this can be true and yet how, at the same time, all are filled to capacity with the blessing and joy of the Lord.
We are therefore encouraged to minister to receive all our brothers and sisters and to minister to them according to their need, storing up for ourselves treasures in heaven and not on earth