Find yourself…

Matthew 10:29 -42

“What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. 30 He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail – even numbering the hairs on your head! 31 So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries. 32 “Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. 33 If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you? 34 “Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut – 35 make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law – cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. 36 Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. 37 If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me. 38 “If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. 39 If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me. 40 “We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. 41 Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. 42 Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.”

If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me,Jesus, you’ll find both yourself and me. Focus is everything.  Over and over we are told to keep our eyes on Christ not on our circumstances.  When we finally ‘get it’ we will find all that can come our way to distract us, harm us, inconvenience us, lacks importance.  Remember being little, the right kind of cereal was so important and if it was gone life was terrible?  We need to move beyond that.  Who are we?  Jesus says we are messengers/emissaries, yet more than that..He says when those to whom we offer the message accept a messenger of God, that is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. He says anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me.  We are standing in His place!  We have an awesome task that is not easy, has potential for personal hurt, but resting in Him we do not fear…This task gives life to the receiver and the giver. Who are we? His representatives with His authority, under His protection! I am who God says I am

And I find out who I am.  We are His messengers, protected by Him, sent by Him with a message of love and forgiveness.  We are sent to heal, give life, tell about His kingdom, and kick out the demons…When we accept the task, we stand in His place, touching with His touch, speaking His words.  Awesome responsiblity, and He is right there with us.  I am who God says I am,  We are who God says we are…