Matthew 10:40-42 and the Risks of Rewarding Righteousness
Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.
If you trust someone as an expert in their field, you also trust whomever they send out as their representatives in that field. You impute the competence of the master to the journeyman technician under his employ. If you refuse to trust the technician, you are also refusing to trust the master. In the same way, we trust Yeshua because we trust YHWH, and if we reject the Son, we are also rejecting the Father.
It's important to offer support to righteous people who are doing God's work in the world, partly because they represent God, but also because we need more righteousness in the world. To aid the righteous is to aid the cause of righteousness. Aligning yourself with the righteous has a cost, though. There is great reward in heaven for those who work for the good of the Kingdom, but there are often great costs for those same people here on earth. If the costs in this world dissuade you from the mission, you will also lose any reward you might have had in heaven.
From Jay Carper at http://www.AmericanTorah.com.
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