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"Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these
little ones in the name of a disciple--truly I tell you,
none of these will lose their reward."
Human Obedience and God's Provision
Grace & Sanctification
Reward for Service
by Rev. F. Schaefer
God of Wisdom, God of Love we celebrate your faithful
presence in our lives. You are near us by day and night; you never fail
to greet us each new morning. Though we often turn away from you, you
are ever concerned with our well-being, watching over us like a mother
watches her little ones. Teach us, Lord, to live our lives in the
wholeness of your eternal values. We need your guidance and grace to be
able to live in harmony with one another, show hospitality to the
strangers among us, and to minister to the needy.
By your spirit enable us to live a life in purity of
thought and action, in humility of heart and generosity of giving. Help
us never to forget that it was your unmerited grace that lifted us from
a lowly and sinful state; may we never fall into the fallacy of the
Pharisees who thought higher of themselves than of others. Enable us to
follow in Jesus' footsteps and embrace those the world considers last,
least, and lost. Amen.
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and
whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a
prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and
whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person
will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup
of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a
disciple--truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.
Just a week ago--as I was thinking about
these words by Jesus--I came across this headline:
Woman helps blind Chicago Cubs fan
hail a taxi outside Wrigley Field
- Casey Spelman helped a blind man hail a cab outside Wrigley Field in
- As the 26-year-old helped the man, a witness took photos and put them
- She was happy she was there to help and that he was able to find a
Isn’t that a perfect modern-day example
of what Jesus is talking about? If we all started to be a bit kinder to
one another, this world would be such a happier and peaceful place.
And notice that according to Jesus’ words, it doesn’t take a huge
effort. It doesn’t take an act of bravery to show a gesture of kindness.
Just welcoming another person who God sends your way, just helping a
blind man hail a taxi, just giving a cup of water to a child will have
tremendous rewards. Superheroes not necessarily needed...just everyday
It’s interesting to me that it’s often harder to show little gestures of
kindness than to perform heroic deeds. In one of my wedding speeches, I
ask each wedding party, whether they would be willing to take a bullet
for their partner, and both usually answer with an enthusiastic “yes, of
course!” “Well, that’s wonderful and a testimony to your great love. “
And then I follow up with this question: “tell me this: if your partner
asks you to do a daily chore, like mowing the lawn, or stopping by the
grocery store on the way home coming from work, would you be willing to
do that without grumbling on a regular basis?”
The truth is that it’s often easier for us human beings to show grand
heroic gestures than to show small gestures of kindness in the routine
of everyday life. Ask me to rescue a baby from a burning building and
I’ll snap into action; ask me to take out the trash and I will likely
bark at you or whine about it when I finally drag myself up to do it....
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