Sunday, January 2, 2022
40-42 “We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.”
-Matthew 10:40-42 The Message
The Reward for Service
Verse 40: “The one who receives you receives Me, and the one who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
Verse 41: The one who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; the one who receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person shall receive a righteous person’s reward.
Verse 42: And whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, truly I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”
Verse 42 study: Our love for God can be measured by how we treat others. Jesus’ example of giving a cup of cold water to a thirsty child is a good model of unselfish service. A child won’t or can’t return a favor. God notices even good deeds we do or don’t do as if he is the one receiving them. What can you do that is unselfish for someone today? Even if no one sees you doing a generous act, it is okay; God sees it all.
Matthew 18:5; Luke 10:16; Mark 9:37; Luke 9:48; John 12:44
Matthew 25:44, 45
Father, thank you for your generosity. Because of you, we have an example set for us on how to be generous with our time. I pray we can continue giving our time, especially when it is someone in need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.