And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. Matthew 10:42
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Acts 20:35
My daughter gave me some perspective this week. (Why is it my kids are continually teaching me the love of Jesus, I am pretty sure that me, the parent is supposed to be the one imparting all wisdom. And yet, doesn’t seem to be the case much of the time as I have to continually swallow yucky stuff on a regular basis, like taking cough medicine when I have to swallow my pride, my selfishness, my lack of patience and my kids are the one’s feeding it to me. Awesome, Lord.)
Anyway, my oldest daughter who is 7 told me a story which brought tears to my eyes. She told me she was sitting as usual in the 1st grade line in the gym waiting for their teacher to bring them to their class to start the day. She said a boy was sitting by her and she overheard him say to someone else that he didn’t have a snack. She said, “Mom, I felt bad for him. I knew he would feel bad in class when he had nothing to eat and everyone else was eating something.” She continued by saying, “So I gave him my snack. And I gave him the cheese pretzel snack. Not the other cheese stick and meat stick one.” And right about here is when the tears filled my eyes with overwhelming Jesus love I just witnessed in my daughter. (you see, you have to know the backstory to understand what a selfless act this truly was.
The truth was that as we were hurridly trying to get out the door that morning my daughter requested cheese pretzels for one of her two snacks. She doesn’t usually make requests, but I had splurged and purchased these pretzels as an end of the year treat. She knew it. Didn’t get them usually. And wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to include these special ones. ) And so now you may get the tears response to the fact that she gave the cheese pretzels, in other words her best, her favorite, her “firstfruits” to the boy, (but ultimately to Jesus because we know scripture says, “what you do for the least of these you do for me”). My daughter concluded her story by saying, “And you know what Mom. He was SOOOOO happy. And that made me SOOOO happy.” And I replied with an addition of, “And it made your mama and Jesus SOOOO happy as well!”
So once again, Jesus taught me, through my daughter, that rejoicing happens in true generosity and selflessness. My daughter could have had a very different response. She could have not done anything in this situation. She could have even been a little happy in the thought that she had a snack and he didn’t. This being the delighting in evil thing we are looking at this week. But instead she experienced rejoicing and many others did to as she acted upon The Truth in God’s Word which says as is written above:
“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
My daughter challenges me to give relentlessly-I see over and over the grace and gift of giving my daughter has from the Spirit. It’s real hard to out give her and we have to simmer her down at times to not have her immediately go buy for someone once she receives a bit of money. But I love this about her and she inspires me to be better because this is not one of my strengths/spiritual gifts. And I love how we as the body of Christ are all given various gifts and as we work together we function real well to bring the love and light of Jesus to a hurting world. I can even rejoice in this truth that we are not created the same, having the same gifts, and seeing the gifts God has given others should be a place of joy for His Kingdom not a place of depression or comparing. Because I have been given gifts too, and so have you. Going against our culture’s evil values of “greed, all out for me mindset” and taking God’s true word and acting upon it means joy. For you. For others. And for our Father who see’s it all.
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