“Anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ, will certainly not lose his reward.” Mark 9:41
This tells me that any little thing we do for others, in Jesus’ name, because he or she is our brother or sister, has a corresponding recompense. How about the mean things we do, the spiteful, selfish things we do? When we keep things for ourselves, when we do not spend time helping others? Is there also a consequence for that in the economy of eternity?
St. Paul told the Galatians in 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. The Bible has a lot to say about sowing and reaping. In 2 Corinthians 9:6 we read, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
Whatsoever seeds we plant of generosity, love, forgiveness, joy, unselfishness, will grow in our hearts. That is why when we need love, we should go out and give love to others. When we are hurting, we should look for others who need a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, a word of comfort. In the world’s eyes that is foolishness, because what the world teaches is we cannot give what we do not have.
Jesus said in Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
I think I will take the Lord’s advice over the world’s any day!
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