"Whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in My name, because ye belong to Christ, verily, I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward."  Mark 9:41
It seems wonderful indeed that God should keep note of such a little thing as the giving of a cup of water to a thirsty Christian.  It shows how dear to Him are His people, since the smallest things done to one of them He accepts, remembers, and rewards.  The mention here of the giving of a cup of water suggests that this promise is for little, commonplace acts, rather than for great deeds.  God has put His gifts of love into our hearts that they may be given out.  We would call a man selfish who should refuse a cup of water to one who was thirsty.  Yet many of us do this continually:  it is the heart that thirsts, and the water we refuse to give is human kindness.
Kindness is just the word for these small acts.  Kindness is love flowing out in little gentlenesses.  We ought to carry our lives so that they will be perpetual benedictions wherever we go.  All we need for such a ministy is a heart full of love for Christ; for if we truly love Christ we shall also love our fellowmen, an love will always find ways of helping.  A heart filled with gentleness cannot be miserly of its benedictions.
Writtten by  J.R. Miller
From-  Come Ye Apart
Streams in the Desert 2
Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
Daybreak Books/ Zondervan Publishing House
Copyright 1966 / Cowman Publishing Co., Inc.
"...But by love serve one another."  Galatians 5:13
The old Quaker was right:  "I expect to pass through this life but once.  If there is any kindness or any good thing I can do to my fellowbeings, let me do it now.  I shall pass this way but once."
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