“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household! So do not be afraid of them. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law– a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple (italics and underline mine), I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (Matt .10.16-22,24-25,28,32-33,39-40)
How often do you do a service for someone and think, “That’s not much; many other Christians do much more!” For starters this may be one of the more misunderstood and misquoted verses in the gospels. But it teaches that no deed in the name of Jesus, because we are His disciple goes unnoticed, un-rewarded or unappreciated by God. What “cup of cold water…because you are [His] disciple” have you done lately? May you do this today and watch God bless you in ways you may not expect. What service have you done lately that you thought to yourself, “That service did not matter much; I doubt that God even noticed; so many people do so much more…?” It is highly important to remind yourself that the person you blessed needed that blessing – and it is a blessing from God through your gifts and talents. I encourage you to bless and minister to people even more now than you ever have – and allow God to powerfully bless and work in people’s lives through your actions.
~~ Andy Burns