November 25th, 2013 | By admin
By Paul Holland
In Matthew 10, we have recorded what is often times called the “Limited Commission.” It is called the limited commission because it does not consist of the universal message, the universal plan, or the universal purpose. Today, we live under the “Great Commission,” because it was given to everyone for everyone (Mat. 28:18-20). However, we can still learn from this commission Christ gave to His twelve apostles. Consider these points…
Verse 8 – “Freely you have received, freely give.” We, as Christians, are recipients of the grace of God. At one time we were not. Someone presented us with the Gospel message, whether it was a preacher, our parents, friends, spouse, or someone else. We are saved to save. We may be the contributing factor to someone else’s salvation.
Verses 11-15 – “Whosoever shall not receive you, shake off the dust of your feet.” Christ said it another way in the Sermon on the Mount: “Neither cast your pearls before swine” (Matt. 7:6). Be careful not to discourage yourself by spending too much time on someone who is not interested or refuses to listen. There are too many souls at stake for us to spin our wheels. Perhaps someone else will be able to effectively pick up where you left off. It very often takes more than one person to convert a soul. “I panted, Apollos watered, God gave the increase” (1 Cor. 3:6).
Verses 16-29. “You shall be hated of all men, for my name’s sake.” Paul said it this way, “preach the word, be ready in season and out of season” (2 Tim. 4:2). It cost John his head in Matthew 14 because he preached the truth. Also remember, “friendship of the world is enmity with God” (James 4:4).
Verses 30-31. “You are of more value than many sparrows.” Is it not true that the angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner that repents? (Luke 15:7). Souls are valuable. Souls are dying. It is worth every ounce of our being to try and save those on the road to destruction.
Verses 40-42. “You shall receive the righteous man’s reward.” That’s why we’re in it. Heaven is our goal. Do we not love that goal enough to want to share it with others? Do we not love that goal enough to do as God has commanded? Remember, “Go ye” means “go me.”