Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
M. Russell Ballard, October 2015 LDS General Conference.
What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:
Christ is teaching is disciples and preparing for the last supper with them. He washes their feet and gives them instruction to love one another. He is preparing to leave them and some of the things he says have deep and important meaning.
When I read scriptures about receiving Christ, I am always reminded of 1 Samuel 8:7 where Jehovah says "for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me"
I play that I have the courage to always accept the Lord. Accept his will, his chastening, and his plan in my life.
Thoughts about this scripture:
There are many times in life I find my self on the Lord's errand. I have to teach some youth as a scoutmaster, or I go to visit a family. When I was serving as a full time missionary it was eery day as I went about preaching and inviting all to come to Christ. There can be many ways to approach someone in the name of Christ.
And when we are not accepted we can feel rejected. We can beat ourselves up and feel we have failed the Lord. But Christ doesn't want us to feel that way.
He wants us to do our best, but we need to understand that those we teach, and when we preach and when we speak his words, if we are not accepted, it is the choice of they that hear and not our failings. And that he accepts the rejection personally so that we don't have to.
How does this strengthen my testimony
Nothing is sweeter than bearing witness of Christ and having the person that you teach feel his spirit and accept the invitation to come to Him. It can also be very sad when we can feel the spirit witness to someone, and have them turn away and reject the message and the invitation.
When this happens this verse and these words help me to press on. To offer the invitation again and again and keep on the path that God has set for me to walk.