Fulfilling the Call to Missions


TABLETALK DEVOTIONS WITH RC SPROUL

Fulfilling the Call to Missions
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Matthew 10:40–42 “Whoever gives
one of these little ones even a cup of cold
water because he is a disciple,
truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose
his reward” (v.
42).

Fundamental to the New Testament’s teaching on the church is that
all
believers have an important part to play in the extension of the kingdom
of
God. The body of Christ is made up of a variety of people who possess
a
variety of gifts (1 Cor. 12:12–31), all of which are necessary for the
church
to function properly. The church’s task cannot be accomplished by
one
individual; all of us must work together to advance the Lord’s
mission.
Furthermore, all who work to achieve the ends for which our Father has created
His church will be rewarded, no matter the particular part they
play in the
kingdom’s advance.

This truth is taught clearly in today’s
passage, the conclusion to Christ’s
missionary discourse. So far, Jesus has
called His disciples to ministry and
has prepared them for the inevitable
opposition from this fallen world (Matt.
10:1–39). But what about those who
want to follow the Savior and yet lack the
skills, gifts, or qualifications
to engage in full-time Christian service? How
can they extend the Gospel?
Jesus answers these questions in verses 40–42 by
promising a great reward to
all who support His emissaries.

Receiving His workers (v. 40) — providing
room and board for His full-time
servants — deserves a prize, not because the
messengers themselves are worthy,
but because to do such things for Christ’s
disciples is to treat the Lord in
the same way. John Calvin comments that “if
any one would receive [the
disciples] in a friendly manner, and do them kind
offices, [Jesus] would be as
highly pleased as if their benevolence had been
exercised towards his own
person; and not only so, but that in such a
sacrifice God the Father would
smell a sweet savor.” There is such a strong
connection between Christ and His
people that what we do for a believer we do
for the Savior. Even if we are not
in full-time ministry ourselves, we serve
Jesus Himself when we provide for
the Gospel’s extension.

Even the
tiniest service does not go unnoticed; those who give cold water to
Christ’s
ministers, an inexpensive act of hospitality, are not forgotten (v.
42). As
Matthew Henry says, Christ values the aid offered to His people
“not
according to the cost of the gift, but according to the love and
affection of
the giver.”

Coram deo: Living before the face of
God
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Only a small percentage of
Christians are called to full-time service in the
church. Yet even those who
do not work in the foreign mission field or hold
ecclesiastical office are
vital to the extension of the Gospel. Besides
working diligently in our jobs
and evangelizing those in our lives, praying
for the growth of the kingdom,
volunteering in the church, and giving money
for outreach are all ways we can
fulfill Christ’s call to care for His
ministers.

For further
study:

1 Samuel 21:1–9

The Bible in a year:

1 Kings 2–3

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