Offering even a cup of "hot water?"
Matthew 10:42 says, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward." Would that work for hot water as well?
One of the many blessings I’m able to see is when our kids and leaders minister to others. Last weekend was our “Mission to Madison” (M2M) where our team of middle school students and leaders did an incredible job of ministering to the homeless with food, hot drinks (thus the question above), coats and prayer, participating in village projects in Oregon, collecting food for the Oregon Food Pantry and doing random “Rake and Run” projects in our city. I could give you a bunch of numbers on what was accomplished but the stories that came from this weekend are things you’ll hear from our middle school students and leaders…possibly at this year’s “Prayer, Praise & Pie” next Tuesday night at Hillcrest.
This weekend (Nov. 17-19) our high schoolers and leaders will be going to Chicago to accomplish many of the same objectives and a few additional ones. As always, our goal is to be faithful stewards by showing God’s love and grace to those we encounter. So whether we’re praying with those that are homeless, feeding the hungry, befriending strangers or whomever we encounter, we want God to receive the glory and just get out of the way. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see our teams do this from a full heart. Desiring to adopt a “how can I help?” attitude with them taking a back seat so that God is glorified—not them, Hillcrest or our student ministry.
While their reward is most definitely in heaven, where neither rust or moth can destroy (Matt. 6:19,20), lives are being touched because they’ve made themselves available to do what God has called them to do and to be what God has equipped them to be. I’ve said many times that the almighty God of the universe is more than able to do whatever He wants. But, when it comes to His kids, God is much more interested in our availability than our ability.