And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
To me, this might be one of the most encouraging verses in the entire Bible. Giving someone a cup of cold water is not a big deal. Water is cheap and readily available. It doesn’t take a lot of talent, wisdom, riches or ability to hand someone a cup of water. It is something that just about every person could do at one point or another. Yet is is said here that, when done with the right motive, the person who performs this menial task “…shall in no wise lose his reward.”
Several years ago, I was delivering phone books on a hot day during the summer. I went into one small store that I had never bought anything from; the lady could see that I was hot and thirsty, and offered me a glass of water. I appreciated it so much that I have made it a point to buy something from that store every year since. That simple kindness shown by a person in that store has now been repayed many times over. That is just a small earthly example of little things being blessed. Just imagine how much greater our reward in Heaven will be for all of the “little things” done in the name of Jesus.
Not all of us are going to be great preachers with huge congregations. Not all of us are spark nationwide revivals. Not all of us are going to go to a foreign mission field. But there are things that we can all do. There are the little things. And even those little, seemingly insignificant things will have their reward in Heaven. If that doesn’t encourage you to do something for the Lord, I don’t know what will!