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.
At this point in His ministry, Jesus’ teaching was ruffling a lot of feathers. Jesus is known to do that. The context surrounding this passage is Jesus talking about what it takes to be a faithful follower of Him. That allegiance, to Him, must be prioritized even to the point of putting Jesus before family. The thing I love about this passage in Matthew’s gospel is that Jesus is making a profound statement about giving. When you and I give for the sake of Christ, what we get (or more accurately whom we get) is more of Christ.
In the verse above, we see this phrase, “whoever gives…”, and it’s in this act of giving for the sake of Christ that we gain a reward that we can’t lose. What we come to see is that in our giving, we get more of Christ. Our reward is Christ. What’s even more amazing is that giving any resource, whether it’s money, land, a helping hand, or simply a cup of water, the reward for giving is the same; Christ Jesus!
If you’re like me, you may be tempted to feel that the talents and treasures you have to give to God and for His purposes are insignificant–that what you have to give won’t make any difference. The danger here is that it can prevent us from participating and giving generously.
Think about what Jesus did with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus isn’t sizing up the quantity of what we’re giving; he wants us to come off the sidelines and join him on the field in the game of gracious giving.
What an invitation!
Besides, what do you and I have to lose when we cannot lose our reward in Christ?
- What gifts and abilities have you been blessed with that will be a benefit to others?
- How might the Lord be leading you to either join or continue in the lifelong practice of generous giving?
Today’s devotional was prayed over and prepared by Kevin Youngstrom, Director of Grace Students Programming