“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones . . . that person will certainly not lose their reward.” (Matt. 10:42)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 10:32-42
It was a hot summer Saturday, and I woke up early to mow our lawn before it got too hot. I was about halfway finished cutting the lawn when I stopped for a breather because of the heat. Just then I saw my little daughter walking out with a big glass of ice water. I drank the water down and it felt great. To my daughter, that cup of water may not have been much, but to me, it was refreshing and helped me finish the job. It meant the world to me that she was willing to help.
A simple act of kindness may seem small or insignificant to us, but it can have an everlasting impact. It is important to note that water was not expensive. What Jesus was saying here was that everyone can be a part of the mission of God. Everyone can join God’s family and be a part of the greater mission. Everyone has something to offer, even if it’s simply offering a cup of cold water. It matters. Nothing is too small.
A cup of cold water may seem small at the moment, but if it is given in Jesus’ name, it can create a lasting impact. We all have something to offer, and God wants to use us, even in the smallest of ways.
Be ready to offer “a cup of cold water” in Jesus’ name.
Andrew Christman, a proud veteran of the US Army, serves as a hospital chaplain in Columbia, SC. He is a graduate of Wesley Seminary (IN) and an ordained Wesleyan pastor.
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