Matthew 10:5–15 (ESV)
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
5 These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And
proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9 Acquire
no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find
out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 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. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable
on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
Jesus sends out 12 apostles and warns them that not everyone will receive them hospitably
or listen to their message. We who witness to Christ have the same experience. The Gospel is foolishness to many, “but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, [it is] Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1Co 1:24).
I pray: Lord Jesus, strengthen my determination to serve as Your ambassador of peace, even when I encounter opposition. Amen.