Mark 6:10-12 And he said to them, "Where you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them." So they went out and preached that men should repent.
Somehow, as we grow older, it becomes harder for us to talk about our faith, not impossible, but there seem to be more obstacles. Many children donít seem to have such problems, they can walk up to a stranger, and say: "Do you know what I learned in Sunday school today?" And then proceed on and tell them all about Jesus. They are not afraid of rejection. They are not afraid that people wonít listen. They know that the Gospel is important and so they tell all they meet.
And its not just telling them about Jesus and forgiveness, they also do a good job of calling people to repent. Nothing can be more relentless than a child who has decided it is his or her duty to get people to quite smoking, or to fasten seat-belts, or to obey the speed limit. Law is law and the child will call anyone to repentance. They do not worry if it will be popular. They do not worry if people will receive it, or hear it, it must be told. They donít worry if it will offend someone, or whether it will be popular, right is right.
So what about us? In our lesson we are warned that sometimes people wonít receive us, and sometimes people wonít hear us -- but is that an excuse for us not to speak the Word God has given us? Or to only do those things which will be popular? NO! The problem is that such things put us in the midst of conflict, and conflict is not peaceful, and we like the peaceful feeling that comes from being at peace with God and at peace with those around us. And this is where we DO have to choose, for often we cannot have peace with God, and be at peace with all people. Some people are sinners, some people are of the world, they are enemies of God, we canít have peace with God and with his enemies. So what does God do? The answer is found in Matthew:
Matthew 10:13"And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you." When we tell of Jesus, we bring blessing. Blessing is a word of power, it accomplishes something, it is not just good wishes. So God calls us to bring his blessing where ever we go. Those who are worthy [by grace through faith] will receive our blessing and wil be blessed by it. Why? Because the Word of God is poweful and it accomplishes its purpose. Those who are not worthy, who are enemies of God, they cannot receive the blessing and so the blessing comes back to us, and blesses us, so that if we are rejected, or if we are not heard, it does not discourage us, or cause us to loose hope, God lifts us up, and says, youíve done what I asked you to do, they have had the oppertunity to hear, they have heard the gospel of salvation come to them, and the word will work on them, as for us, the Word works peace in our hearts so that we do not worry or fret, but continue in faith, and in the grace of God.
But let us talk some more about blessing. If in your greeting, you bring the blessing of God, then when you are greeted by another in Christ, do they not also bring to you also the blessing of God? So that when we greet each other in Christ, is not this gathering a gathering which blesses? Do we not encourage one another? If we share the love of Jesus Christ, is not the chief thing, that there is more love? And is this not a thing which we all desire, and which is beneficial? And so when Christians meet, one would say: "The Lord me with you!" and the other replies "And with you also!" Not that God wouldnít be with us anyway, without these words, but this blessing serves then also as a prayer, which says, permit us to see God with us in all that we do, and may all that we do, be pleasing to God. But a blessing is more than a prayer, for it is a word of faith. And Jesus tells us that if we had the faith the size of a mustard see we could say to the mountain, move, and it would move. So that when in faith we bless "God be with you" God is certainly with them to bless them and guide them and guard them and protect them and keep them in Jesus unto life everlasting. So may we encourage one another and bless one another, that we might live lives of faith, and encourage others also to do the same, for Jesus sake.