‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.”
During a session on leadership in ministry, the facilitator shared on the qualities of a good leader. At the end of that segment, he said words to the effect: ‘At the end, your soul is all you take plus those you love and who love you.’
Jesus is telling us the same thing when he says that because of our good deeds to others, we “will most certainly not lose our reward.” To drive home the point about how important it is not to lose our souls, Christ exaggerates to describe the lengths we should take. Jesus does not want us to maim ourselves, but he is urging us to use all that we have for the service of others.
In the kingdom, every person and every act is important; even giving some water. It will not go unnoticed. As missionary disciples, we are not only called to spread the gospel but to be the gospel by putting others before ourselves and serving them rather than seeking to be served.