TEXT: Matthew 10:11-15
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.
13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
John Wesley said, “You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go always, not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most.”
In our last message, we looked at Jesus’ requirements for His messengers as they traveled from town to town with the message that the kingdom of God was at hand. They were to stay with those who were initially receptive to the message, and not to seek better lodging or go from host to host. They were to be content with the lodging the Lord provided for them. And when the disciples came into such a house, Jesus said, “Let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.”
What is this peace? On the surface, the peace was the traditional Jewish greeting of “shalom,” which means “peace” or “peace be unto you.” But on a deeper level, this peace meant the peace of God which the disciples were the proponents of. Their message was an echo of the angelic announcement at Jesus’ birth: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Ephesians 2:17 says that when Jesus came “he preached peace to those who were far off and peace to those who were near.” The disciples’ message was that God had come in the form of Jesus to make peace with the Jews first and also with Gentiles. So, when the disciples declared “shalom” to those they ministered to, it was more than just a traditional greeting: it was the opening salvo in their offensive strike for the sake of the Gospel.
Knowing what the first messengers meant when they declared peace to the people of a certain house helps us understand what Jesus meant when he said, “if [the people of the house] be not worthy, let your peace return to you.” Leon Morris writes, “If the household really is worthy, then [the] greeting of peace will be effective; there really will be peace to these people. But this will not be the case if the household is not worthy; it is unrealistic to think that the peace of God would rest on such people. It is not easy to see precisely what is meant by their peace returning to them, but clearly it is a way of saying that, despite the prayer involved in the greeting, there would be no [lasting] peace for the unworthy householders [since they had rejected the Gospel message]. The peace of which the apostles were the messengers would not remain with the contemptuous.”
The reality is: there will be people who reject the Gospel and the Gospel’s messengers. You may enter a situation expecting people to embrace the Prince of Peace. Who wouldn’t? But opposing forces are present in every evangelistic encounter: the person’s flesh, as well as the devil who wants to keep the person in darkness. We can’t compromise the Gospel message to make someone feel comfortable. We can’t declare peace to someone who rejects Christ when the Bible says, “There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.” We must not be afraid to let our peace return to us. We must not be afraid to let people know that rejecting the Gospel of Christ now puts their peace of mind, and more importantly the eternal peace of their soul in serious jeopardy.
H. Ernest Nichol wrote:
We’ve a story to tell to the nations,
That shall turn their hearts to right,
A story of truth and mercy,
A story of peace and light.
We’ve a song to be sung to the nations,
That shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
A song that shall conquer evil,
And shatter the spear and sword.
We’ve a message to give to the nations,
That the Lord who reigneth above
Hath sent His Son to save us,
And show us that God is love.
We’ve a Savior to show to the nations,
Who the path of sorrow hath trod,
That all of the world’s great peoples
May come to the truth of God!
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.