Footprints in the sand. No telling who it belongs to—who they are, where they’re from, what kind of life they lead. But they were here, that’s for sure. Their mark has been left, for now, on a beach for others to come across and wonder the same questions.
8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ —Luke 10
The scripture comes from yesterday’s service. Something that I didn’t get to develop in the message was the fact that the mark left by the disciples as they went from town to town was the same: that the kingdom of God had come near. Like them or loathe them, the disciples were going to share the good news. They would leave their mark.
We’re going to run into people who welcome us and the message we bring. But we’re going to run into to others who might rather do us harm than hear us out. Either way, the message is the same and it is still offered. But Jesus says (in the New Whit Translation), “But if they won’t have ya, love’em anyway, and leave the dust your shoes picked up while you were there.”
Leave your mark as a Christian. And whether you are received or rejected, share the good news.