Jesus said, “He who receives you receives Me, and He who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”(Matt 10:40)
Begs the question… who are you receiving?
I was driving back from the supermarket this morning, when the Lord whispered to me, “What you receive is what you get.” I pondered on these words as the rain continued to fall steadily like it hasn’t in many years.
The Lord continued his ‘chatting’ to me. “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” (Matt 10:41)
I had long been mulling over this verse.
The Lord then said to me, “The level you are prepared to receive is the level you will get.” I knew this to be so true.
I had experienced this as we travel among the nations & noted that those who received us as righteous people, received a righteous man’s reward, but the contrast of those who received us in the name of a prophet was markedly different! What they received was at times mind boggling, breath taking and wonderfully exciting…. Not because of us, no! not at all; but because of THEIR faith in HIM.
You see, when you receive a believer, you receive God. Jesus declared this in the previous verse, “He who receives you receives Me, and He who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
We are the living breathing tabernacle (tent) of God. I am constantly stunned at how much HE wants to dwell with us & how persistent He has been since the creation of the world to find a place/space for His presence to live with us.
When we receive a believer, we also receive to whatever level we choose, the giftings & calling God has established in them. This challenges our commitment to honor one another.
Pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Church made the comment, “In an absence of a culture of honor, you can live with spiritual wealth and die in poverty. Familiarity can keep us from the richness on people’s lives. God invites us to honor who people are and not stumble over who they are not.”
What you are prepared to receive, you will get. This is true of God especially. How much of Him do you want? You choose. You will have to leave behind your earth bound thinking & experiences (Isa 43:18), for God is Spirit (John 4:24) & what HE offers is a whole new thing, a whole new dimension (Isa 43:19).
What are you prepared to receive?
This you will get.