“If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’ But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this—the Kingdom of God is near!’ I assure you, even wicked Sodom will be better off than such a town on judgment day.
Then he said to the disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.”
Luke 10:8-12, 16 NLT
Scripture also instructs us: "Do not cast our pearls before swine." In other words,
don't give what is most valuable of your time, gifting and resources to those who do not recognize nor appreciate your value. That's right; you have value and your are valuable to the Kingdom of God. Even Jesus left Capernum because He couldn't do anything there because of their unbelief. They didn't value Him, His message or the miracles He performed. They said, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Remember: A prophet is without honor in his/her own town. Which means those who are most familiar with you (family, close friends, even Church family) are most likely to be reject you, your message and your gifting. Shake the dust off your feet and come on moving!
As the saying goes, "Go where you are celebrated - not tolerated." Go where your message is received. Jesus said, "He who hears you, hears Me; he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me." Luke 10:16 NKJV When you are led by the Spirit of God, and the message and ministry of reconciliation is rejected, rejoice! Jesus said we are blessed when men exclude and revile and say all manner of evil against us. We are blessed when we suffer for the cause of Christ.
So then, disinterest instructs us to sow our presence carefully.
We are Ambassadors of Christ. Ambassadors are diplomats of the highest rank in government. They have the diplomatic power and authority to represent and carry the message of their sovereign/Kingdom while living in another country. We live here in the world, but we represent the Sovereign and Most High Kingdom of God. We are men and women of "noble distinction".
Way Makers - Ambassadors of Christ
Ambassadors of Christ are not COMMON! We don’t show up anywhere, with anyBODY, doing any thing. We are not on the popular stage; we are not TRENDING!
All things are lawful for you, but not EXPEDIENT. There are some places you ought not be and some people you ought not be around. You are a Diplomat of the highest rank of The Kingdom of God.
You are of NOBLE DISTINCTION. You have an EXCLUSIVE LIFESTYLE and you WALK CIRCUMSPECTLY; meaning you’re very careful about where you go, what you do and with whom you’re doing it.
Invitation vs Assignment
Therefore, we must “sow our presence” carefully. Here are some guidelines to help you determine whether you’ve received an “invitation” or an “assignment”:
Good thing God thing
Social - festive, fun Aligns with Vision/Purpose
No Opposition Much Opposition
Celebrates popular culture Counter-culture; against the grain
Points to man Points to Christ
Promotes the world system Promotes the Kingdom of God
No Change in Culture Godly influence on culture; there
You are a Way Maker - an Ambassador of Christ. "Walk worthy of the vocation to which you are called!" Eph. 4:1