A lot or a little
“Whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
Rewards. If your anything like me, heavenly rewards seem far away and almost undiscernible. I mean, what are the rewards in heaven? Most people don’t even know what that looks like. I know there are crowns. The Bible talks about 5 different crowns, in fact. The Victor’s crown, the crown of rejoicing, the crown of righteousness, the crown of life and the crown of glory. Those rewards are awesome, but certainly these are for the really great ministers that are reaching the world every day?? Or are they?
Today’s passage talks about receiving rewards, just because you received others. For example, if you receive and accept the words of the gospels, you are receiving the disciples. Jesus said that is just like receiving Him and our Heavenly Father and you will receive their rewards. What about the prophets? If we receive God’s prophets and the word they gave in the Old Testament, we will also receive their reward? That sounds amazing!
Jesus said there are even rewards in simple acts of kindness such as giving a cup of cold water. So, how do you know who to receive and who to be kind to? Well, first of all kindness should be to all people. God loves all people, so we are to love all people. Second, we should receive God’s Word and the prophets who wrote it as the final authority on every subject. Even though there were men that wrote the words, they were people of God that God spoke the message through. It is the true and living Word!
Lastly, righteous people of today. This gets a little sketchy in my mind. Certainly, this takes some discernment. There are many who claim to be righteous today but have gotten off track. Maybe you do not agree with a message that the person proclaiming the message gives. This does not have to be complicated. Righteous people are children of God. Not perfect people, because there are none perfect. Just children of God and to receive them is to love them. When we love all people as Jesus told us to, we will receive our eternal rewards. To sum it all up: Love all people unconditionally so they can know God and experience Him in their everyday life.
Today I want to encourage you to think about heavenly rewards. Obviously, God wants us to know about them because He talks about them in His word. Next, walk out simple acts of kindness wherever you go. Lastly, love people because they are God’s creation and love is the way to draw people to Him. Your reward will be great and best of all, you will get to hear Him say: “Well done!”
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 10:40-42
40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
42 And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”