“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
Matthew 10:42, (context vv. 40-42)
People are thirsty. There is a physical thirst, but there is a spiritual one as well. Perhaps the latter is far worse than the former? I once worked as a street preacher in San Francisco–I led a team of believers who we trained to do church on the street. Once a veteran pastor-friend once told me that he believed a cult a day was born in the City.
People are so spiritually thirsty, and I saw it first hand. I witnessed every weird aberration of truth that floated through the hearts of lost men and women. Their dryness was so sad, I saw over and over that a strange darkness seemed to be embraced by many. At times I knew the broken heart of God, and it hurt me inside. I never asked for it.
We hand out cold water. We give it to His followers without considering if they’re worthy of it. We freely serve it to Jesus’ “little” disciples. Stature in the Kingdom means very little to God, and yet it definitely means everything to us. I believe every Christian will always be a child who receives from the Father. Often this comes through the hands of another child of God. That’s the way it’s suppose to work anyway.
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Luke 6:38, ESV
Rewards will be given. They come to anyone who will reach into the life of another. The giver will always be seen by our Lord– everything we do, or don’t do, is lovingly observed by Him. This simple cup of water now has eternal consequences. We can hardly believe it, but it’s true.
“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.”