Movement #1: Stay close to those you trust with you life (Matthew 10:11-12)
Scripture for Movement #1: 11“Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. 12As you enter the home, give it your greeting.
Insight #2 (Matthew 10:12): 12As you enter the home, give it your greeting.
Summary Sentence for Insight #2: Treat everyone with the hospitality you wish to receive by fully giving yourself.
Commentary for Insight #2: In Jewish culture during Jesus’ day entering another’s home was more than just a ‘greeting’ as we understand it today. Their understanding was one of full reverence: A humbled respect and gratitude for being allowed to enter into and live within their brother/sisters’ sacred, holy space provided by God.
It was expected that the guest would treat their new resting place better than they would even treat their own. This goes beyond what we know today as the ‘golden rule’ (treat others as you would like to be treated). It extends to a full giving of your being to not only your hosts, but to God as well. This is not a secondary gratitude as if it should be expected of others to take you in. Rather such a ‘gift’ was to be looked at in light of the hosts boldly stepping out to give housing and protection to, in what many places, was perceived as a fugitive purporting a politically and socially dangerous countercultural message; that of Christ.
Thus, anything short of giving your full self to your hosts is no different than spitting on your own journey as well as your hosts’ faith in Christ. Insight #1—Rely on those you trust with your life—was a literal statement that must be recognized and reciprocated here through Jesus’ second Insight. You weren’t just ‘staying’ with a friend; you were being daily, nightly, sheltered and protected in order that you might live out the Way in real time in public as a constant demonstration of God’s will. There is no other way to give back to the honor bestowed upon you by your hosts than to go ‘all in’ with them, as they have first done for you and your message.
Application for Insight #2: In Insight #1 I spoke about the oh-so desperate need to cling to those few people that only want to help sustain you, asking nothing in return. Jesus taught however that reciprocation is an important part to living in a full relationship. Today reciprocation is looked at as a returning of the types of things (e.g. help, gifts, services, needs—emotional, psychological, physical, etc) that have been given to us. But the point of having a ‘worthy person’ (vs. 11) committed to you is the understanding that reciprocation is not about goods, services or felt-needs. It’s the cognizant knowledge that as they have your back until death, you will also reciprocally have theirs. People in my life, and especially in my inner-circle, know without any doubt whatsoever that what they have done, and continue to do for me to sustain my life, faith and work is unequivocally non-refundable. I can never repay those in my life for what they have done to sustain me. I know that. They know that too; yet still choose to be there for me no matter what. Jesus knew this better than any of us. That is why his second Insight is about a continual humble reverence and respect to those that you can trust with your life—knowing that they do such a thing not for gifts or notoriety but because that is their Godly commitment to live in that role in your life. It is for this reason that there are so few of them; those that we can truly hold tightly to trusting with our complete sustained existence of the Way here on earth.
Label of Movement #1: Trust
Insight #1: Rely on those you trust with your life (vs. 11)
Insight #2: Treat everyone with the hospitality you wish to receive by fully giving yourself. (vs. 12)