Who Rejects the Gospel

And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.  Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city!

Matthew 10:14-15

The servants of Jesus Christ have been commissioned to preach the gospel to every creature in every nation on earth. Our commission does not involve trying to convince people about Jesus Christ, but just delivering the message. Some will heed the call; but others will reject it. In Matthew 10:14-15, the Lord does not tell us to keep arguing with people who reject the gospel, but to leave that house or city. Already God himself will take care of passing the bill to those who reject it.

I remember a phrase my mother used to say, “These are lentils, or you eat them or leave them.” What she meant by that phrase was that she was not going to force me to take what she offered me, but I would have the option of decide. In the same way, the gospel is presented to the people and they decide to accept or reject it without further argument. Indeed, the offering of the gospel is like a unique opportunity that if we reject it, the Lord might tell us: “You lose it.” And it is that He does not have to beg us to accept grace.

I know that when we have met Jesus and we have realized that there is salvation only in Him, our desire for others to be saved is also great. We long for everyone to whom we preach the gospel to tell us immediately: “Yes, I accept Jesus Christ,” but that will not happen, since many will reject it regardless of how well we show Him the good news of salvation. When we are in the first love with Jesus Christ, we tend to feel much pain when someone to whom we present the gospel rejects it.

And knowing that whoever rejects Jesus Christ has no salvation, we are horrified if it is a loved one who does not accept it. But we must have something very clear, all human beings have offended God by sinning. Romans 3:23 says this very clearly, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It is we who are at fault with God, not Him with us. By His infinite mercy, God sent His Son to die in our place, and if we repent and accept grace, we will be saved.

If our pride and self-sufficiency do not allow us to see our depraved condition, God is not compelled to beg us to accept His forgiveness. Romans 6:23 gives the two options: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. In presenting the gospel to someone we give the person the option of accepting God’s gift of salvation or, in case of rejection, the person assumes the responsibility of paying the price for his sins.

The blood shed by Jesus on Calvary is too valuable to be trampled on by those who do not want to repent of their sins. So if the message we present to someone is rejected, let’s do as the Lord tells us: when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. If he who rejects the lentils will be hungry, he who rejects the gospel, he is left without salvation: Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city! God bless you.

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