“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” – Matthew 10:42
“How much we love God can be measured by how well we treat others. Jesus’ example of giving a cup of cold water to a thirsty child is a good model of unselfish service. A child usually can’t or won’t return a favor. God notices every good deed we do or don’t do as if He were the one receiving it. Is there something unselfish you can do for someone else today? Although no one else may see you, God will notice.” – (NIV Study Bible footnotes)
To give with no expectation of return, is to love as Christ loves us. The motivation in our heart is what matters most. If we reach out in love and offer what is needed to another, it is as if we are applying that action to the Almighty, Himself. He sees and He knows what we do on His behalf. Do our actions reflect our Risen Lord, or do they wreak of expected return? We are called not to give so that we can get, but instead so that others may come to know the great grace of God. What simple acts of kindness can we offer, be it in our lack or in our abundance? A kind word, a gentle touch, a helping hand? Though such things might not be our natural inclination in every circumstance, each time we choose to act in love, we are allowing His light to shine through us.
Grace grows as we give it away.
Rather than concerning ourselves with whether or not there is gratitude from the recipient of our actions, shouldn’t we instead be grateful for the resources we have be given to do anything outside of ourselves? If we can move, we ought to give Him praise. If we can speak, we ought to say what He says to us. If we have breath, we ought to give thanks with every breath we breathe.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that despite our inability to return the great grace and very gift of life that You have given to us, that You accept and receive our every offering of compassion and kindness that is extended to another as if it were done unto You. Please forgive us for our blindness to the abundant need around us, and for our selfishness that sees extending ourselves as too costly. Teach us to trust so that we may give as we have been given – lavishly, lovingly, and without limits. Let our every offering lend Your light to dark places, and may it provide hope where hope has previously been lacking. May You be clearly seen as we live out our lives with open hands and hearts, willing and ready to reach out to others as You have done to us. Amen.