Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. – Matt 10:11-14
OK, so a lot is said in chapter 10 of Matthew. However, this is Jesus commissioning the 12 disciples. It is also Jesus, as we know now, commissioning every believer to the mission of Christ. Here we see Jesus give a pretty straight forward mission. If people will hear and accept your message, bless them and stay with them. If not dismiss yourself and shake the dust off your feet. (Which by the way was a form of insult to the Jewish people)
What this means is that we are to SEARCH out non-believers. First and foremost, we have to go looking for people, not just sit in our Church buildings and home and hope people show up. No, we have to go and be Christ to the people where they are; that is what the word search means. The word is an action verb and requires movement.
Secondly, we cannot take rejection personally. Most of us don’t share Christ for two reasons, fear of confrontation and fear of rejection. The rejection is not yours. Let me say that again, THE REJECTION IS NOT YOURS. They are rejecting Christ not you. All you have to do is walk away, no hard feelings. Stop taking on what does not belong to you.
Finally, when they do accept the Word, give those people your blessing. That means your time energy and effort. Be real with them, actually listen to them and make sure they know before you leave that you love them. Leaving them with your peace, just simple means leaving them with a kind word from the Word of God, for Jesus is the prince of peace.
God Bless and Merry Christmas,